Pa. senators pass bill to punish 'revenge porn'

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - January 28, 2014

The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for a bill to punish the practice of posting online sexually explicit photos or videos of ex-romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

The bill sponsored by Berks County Sen. Judy Schwank would make the depiction of a minor a first-degree misdemeanor, while depiction of someone 18 or older would be a second-degree misdemeanor.

A first-degree misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, while a second-degree misdemeanor carries up to two years in prison.

Schwank says "revenge porn" can ruin lives and reputations. Only California and New Jersey have laws that punish such perpetrators, while several other states are considering bills.

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