Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Wyoming
Wyoming does not currently have a separate statute that addresses sexting between minors. In general, the State of Wyoming can prosecute individuals -regardless of age -who create, distribute or possess an image of a minor engaged in a sexually explicit act under the State’s child pornography laws. If convicted, the individual will generally be required to register as a sex offender.
The State of Wyoming has not created a separate statute for sexting crimes. Therefore, a minor who is caught creating, distributing, or possessing a sexually explicit image of another minor could be charged with a felony under the State’s child pornography statutes. If the minor is convicted of a felony they could receive time in prison and will generally be required to register as a sex offender.
Law and Punishment
In general, under Wyoming law it is illegal to sexually exploit a minor. This means that an individual cannot:
- Cause, induce, entice, coerce or permit a child to engage in, or be used for, the making of child pornography;
- Cause, induce, entice or coerce a child to engage in, or be used for, any explicit sexual conduct;
- Manufacture, generate, create, receive, distribute, reproduce, deliver or possess with the intent to deliver, including through digital or electronic means, whether or not by computer, any child pornography;
- Possess child pornography.
If someone is convicted of any felony other than possession, he or she could receive up to 12 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. If someone is convicted of possession of child pornography he or she could receive up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
If convicted an offender would be required to register as a sex offender.
Separate Felony convictions for possession, distribution and creation.
Up to 12 years in jail for distribution or creation.
Up to 10 years in jail for possession.
$10,000 fine for each conviction.
Register as a sex offender.
Latest News Concerning Sexting in Wyoming
The Uintah Basin Standard | January 12, 2010
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