Deputies undergo training for changes to minor "sexting" laws

- Two training days are scheduled for Pasco County Sheriff's deputies after changes to the State's sexting Laws.

The changes took effect on July 1, 2015 and established penalties for minors caught sexting in Florida.

According to F.S. 847.0141, minors are prohibited from "sexting using a computer or any device capable of electronic data transmission or distribution."

Minors could receive a noncriminal citation if law enforcement learns they have transmitted or distributed nude photos to another minor.

The non-criminal citation outlines three possible penalties for first time offenders: eight hours of community service, a cyber-safety program or a $60 fine. Those cited have 30 days to complete the assigned task and show proof of completion.

Deputies arrived at 5 a.m. for the first of several training sessions scheduled Wednesday and Friday. Attendees learned the penalties for sexting, how law enforcement should document their investigations and of diversion programs available to minors for sexting offenses.

A judge can impose additional penalties for those who do not follow the rules, including withholding the issuance of a driver's license or suspending a driver's license for 30 days.

Pasco County Sergeant Jennifer Zoccoli told FOX 13 parents are the ones who choose whether their child performs community service, completes the cyber safety program or pays the fine.

Minors who receive multiple sexting violations could be charged with a misdemeanor crime or felony.

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