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Please click on any state to learn exactly what their sexting laws cover.

StateSexting LawIncludes “Sexting”Addresses minors sendingAddresses minors receivingPenalty: DiversionPenalty: InformalPenalty: MisdemPenalty: FelonyRevenge Porn Law
AlabamaNONONONONONONOYESNO
AlaskaNONONONONONOYESNOYES
ArizonaYESNOYESYESNONOYESNOYES
ArkansasYESYESYESYESNOYESYESNOYES
CaliforniaproposedNOproposedNONOproposedNONOYES
ColoradoNONONONONONONONOYES
ConnecticutYESYESYESYESNONOYESNOYES
DelawareNONONONONONONONOYES
FloridaYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES
GeorgiaYESNOYESYESNONOYESYESYES
HawaiiYESNOYESYESNONOYESNOYES
IdahoNONONONONONONONONO
IllinoisYESNOYESNOYESYESNONOYES
IndianaYESNONOYESNONOYESNONO
IowaNONONONONONONONOproposed
KansasYESNOYESYESNONOYESYESYES
KentuckyNONONONONONONONOproposed
LouisianaYESYESYESYESYESYESNONOYES
MaineNONONONONONONONOYES
MarylandNONONONONONONONOYES
MassachusettsproposedproposedproposedproposedNOproposedNONOproposed
MichiganNONONONONONONONOYES
MinnesotaNONONONONONONONOYES
MississippiNONONONONONONONONO
MissouriNONONONONONONONONO
MontanaNONONONONONONONONO
NebraskaYESNOYESYESNONONOYESNO
NevadaYESNOYESYESYESYESYESNOYES
New HampshireNONONONONONONONOYES
New JerseyYESYESYESYESYESYESNONOYES
New MexicoYESNOYESYESNONONONOYES
New YorkYESNOYESYESYESYESNONONO
North CarolinaNONONONONONONONOYES
North DakotaYESNOYESYESNONOYESNOYES
OhioNONONONONONONONONO
OklahomaYESNOYESNONOYESYESNOYES
OregonNONONONONONONONOYES
PennsylvaniaYESNOYESYESYESYESYESNOYES
Rhode IslandYESYESYESNOYESYESNONONO
South CarolinaproposedproposedproposedNOproposedproposedNONONO
South DakotaYESYESYESYESNONOYESNONO
TennesseeNONONONONONONONOYES
TexasYESNOYESYESYESYESYESNOYES
UtahYESNOYESYESNONOYESYESYES
VermontYESYESYESYESYESNONONOYES
VirginiaNONONONONONONONOYES
WashingtonNONONONONONONONOYES
West VirginiaYESYESYESYESYESNONONONO
WisconsinNONONONONONONONOYES
WyomingNONONONONONONONOproposed
STATE TOTALS2592321111116633
FEDERALNONONONONONONONOproposed
Washington DCNONONONONONONONOYES
Notes: “Includes sexting” – includes “sexting” in the statute; “Addresses minors sending or receiving” – includes provisions if youth under 18 have sent or received sexually explicit images of other youth under 18; “Diversion” – includes an option to pursue the case outside of the criminal/juvenile justice system; “Informal” – allows for/prescribes counseling or another informal sanction; “Misdem” – potential for a misdemeanor punishment; “Felony” – potential for a felony punishment. All states have some variation of a law that prohibits sending explicit or obscene material to—or depicting—minors that might apply (child pornography).