TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey teenagers caught textingsexually explicit photos or posting them online can avoid prosecution under a new law Gov. Chris Christie signed this week.

The law targets "sexting," the practice of sending explicitphotos by cell phone, email or Internet posts. The nationwideproblem has confounded parents, schools and police.

The bill gives first-time offenders the chance to complete aneducation program.

Lawmakers took up the issue after a 14-year-old girl allegedlyuploaded nude pictures of herself and was arrested on childpornography charges last summer. She eventually received probationand court-ordered counseling.