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West Virginians weigh in on sexting law

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It has been less than a week since a new law on sending sexually explicit texts, called sexting, hit the books in West Virginia.  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-W.Va.) signed the legislation banning sexting into law on Monday, May 6.

The new law makes it illegal to have or distribute photos or video showing a minor in an inappropriate sexual manner.  While the law does not go into effect until the summer, parents are already commenting on it.

"I think it's a step in the right direction, because juveniles shouldn't be knowing about things like that at all, period," said Ashley Rotemberoy of Mercer County. "It just leads to pregnancy and other bad things happening. I have children of my own and I wouldn't want my girls doing that at all."

This law goes into full effect on July 12. If a juvenile is found guilty of sexting, they don't have to register as a sex offender.