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Franklin holding forum to address teen sexting

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A forum on teen sexting will be held Monday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frankln High School. State Representative Jeffrey Roy, a Franklin Democrat, recently introduced a bill that would change the criminal process of charging teens who sext as felony sex offenders. Instead, these teens would undergo an educational diversion program, and when prosecution is considered necessary, the offense would be considered a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Roy, Franklin police officers, and local educators addressing the legal implications of teen sexting and how parents can help educate their children about the potential risks. The event is free. To RSVP, visit www.teensextingforum.eventbrite.com. For more information, e-mail metrowestcommission@gmail.com.

Rachel Lebeaux can be reached at rachel_lebeaux@yahoo.com.