Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Louisiana

Currently, if a minor (someone under the age of 17 in LouisianaLouisiana) transmits an indecent image of himself or herself to another such minor will generally be subject to mandatory counseling or other punishments but will not receive jail time. However, a minor who possess or transmits an image of minor portrayed in an indecent state could be subject to up to 10 days in jail and up to a $250 fine for a first offense. Adults who are not minors will face stricter penalties which will generally include jail time and may need to register as a sex offender.

Legislative Summary

Louisiana was one of the first states to pass a law directly aimed at teenage sexting. Before the law was passed, children under the age of 17 who were caught sending, receiving or taking a sexually explicit image of a minor would have been subject to the State’s child pornography laws and if convicted would have received significant jail time and would have generally been required to register as a sex offender. The recent sexting law only applies to children under the age of 17, and while the penalties are reduced, if a child is found to be distributing an image of a minor engaged in a sexual act, such child could still end up spending some time in jail. The penalties increase upon second and third offenses.

Law and Punishment

The law defines sexting as: suggestive photos by e-mail, computer or other electronic means.

  • Minors found guilty of taking a sexually explicit image of themselves will be subject to mandatory counseling or other options short of jail time.
  • Minors found guilty of distributing or possessing an image of a minor in a sexually explicit state could receive up to 10 days in jail and up to a $250 fine for a first offense.
  • Minors found guilty of a second offense could receive up to 30 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. A third offense could bring up to 6 months in jail and up to $750 in fines.
  • Minors may be able to avoid jail time if they perform a certain amount of community service.

sobering reality

Conviction of a misdemeanor.

Disclosure of the crime on job applications and school admissions.

Possible jail time.

Latest News Concerning Sexting in Louisiana

Teen faces sexting charge

WAFB CBS | June 25, 2012

Teenagers 'sexting' in code

TWWLTV | February 23, 2012

28-year old bible camp teacher arrested for sex and sexting with 13 year old

The New Civil Rights Movement | December 7, 2011

Sexting with minor leads to solicitation arrest

The News Stars | July 12, 2011

Caddo judge lectures students about sexting, texting

Shreveport Times | April 12, 2011

East Tibodaux 'sexting' remain sunder investigation

The Daily Comet | March 23, 2011

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