Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Minnesota
Minnesota does not have a separate statute for sexting crimes. In the State of Minnesota anyone (including a minor) who creates, distributes or possesses an image of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct may be prosecuted under the State’s child pornography laws and, if convicted, will generally receive jail time and need to register as a sex offender.
Minnesota has not created a separate statute for sexting crimes. Therefore, a minor who is caught creating, distributing or possessing a sexually explicit image of a minor (including themselves) could be charged under the State’s child pornography statutes. If the minor is convicted they will generally need to register as a sex offender.
Law and Punishment
In general, under Minnesota law it is illegal to:
- Promote, employ, use or permit a minor to engage in or assist others to engage minors in sexually explicit activity.
- Any person who violates this provision is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 10 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both.
- Disseminate an image of a minor engaged in a sexual act to an adult or a minor, knowing or with reason to know its content and character, is guilty of a felony.
- May be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 7 years and a fine of not more than $10,000 for a first offense.
- Possess a pornographic work or a computer disk or computer or other electronic, magnetic, or optical storage system or a storage system of any other type, containing an image of a minor engaged in a sexual act, knowing or with reason to know its content and character, is guilty of a felony.
- May be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 5 years and a fine of not more than $5,000 for a first offense.
If convicted an offender will generally need to register as a sex offender.
5 to 10 years in jail.
Up to $20,000 in fines.
Register as sex offender.
Latest News Concerning Sexting in Minnesota
West Central Tribune | July 10, 2012
WND.com | May 28, 2012
Pine Journal | August 25, 2011
West Central Tribune | August 25, 2011
KUSH 1600 AM | May 25, 2011
GoLocalProv | May 24, 2011
Apple Valley Patch | May 19, 2011
Hastings Star Gazette | May 12, 2011
CBS Minnesotta | April 26, 2011
Northland News | April 1, 2011
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