Pennsylvania House & Senate Pass Revenge Porn Bills

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ June 29, 2014

Separate bills, each banning what is commonly known as “Revenge Porn,” have passed the Pennsylvania House of Representative and the Senate. The bills would make it a crime to distribute a photo or video of someone “who is nude or explicitly engaged in a sexual act to the view of a third party for no legitimate purpose and with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm the person depicted.”

This new crime, known as Intimate Partner Harassment in the Senate Bill, has different punishments in each bill. In the Senate Bill, it would be punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree if the person depicted is a minor or as a misdemeanor of the second degree if the person depicted is not a minor. A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 5 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine, while a second degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years incarceration and a $5,000 fine. In the House Bill, the crime would be a third degree misdemeanor, which in punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and, in this particular case, six months incarceration.

Source: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/01/revenge_porn_bill_passes_penns.html

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