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New sexting law holds offenders accountable

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 15:25:16-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A new state law that went into effect on Sept. 1 has folks thinking twice before they hit "send."

We're talking about sexting -- sending sexually explicit text messages.

According to Gov. Greg Abbott, many people -- especially women -- get unwanted sexually explicit pictures by text or social media. When he signed House Bill 2789 into law, it made the electronic transmission of sexually explicit material a class C misdemeanor.

A violation can lead to a fine of up to $500.

So what is the line exactly that can't be crossed? And how do you know if you have been a victim?

Nueces County Assistant District Attorney Matt Manning explained how the law works and what you should do if you think you're a victim.

You’ll hear more about it tonight on KRIS 6 News.