It looks like saucy text messages could land the Scottish in a whole lot of trouble. According to Out-law.com, the country’s new Sexual Offences Bill could see those convicted of sending an “unsolicited text message to someone else which a court finds was designed to give the sender sexual gratification or to humiliate, distress or alarm the receiver” landed with up to 10 years in jail.
The bill will introduce a new offence called communicating indecently, which will cover such unsolicited communications as well as others such as getting someone to look at an image of real or imaginary people having sex.
Out-law.com reckons the law could potentially cover work place flirting that goes too far and it will be up to judges to determine if flirty emails or text messages could come under the ‘communicating indecently’ banner. I expect there will be a lot of bosses revising their workplace communications policies right now.