Murt Bill Banning ‘Revenge Porn’ Passes Committee
4/29/2014
HARRISBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to make it a crime to disseminate an intimate image of another person has passed the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 2107 is designed to combat so-called “revenge porn.” The legislation makes it a crime to distribute a visual depiction of another person in a state of nudity or engaged in sexual conduct if the intent is to cause emotional distress to the person depicted.

“This is a despicable practice used by spurned partners to hurt another and it must be stopped,” Murt said. “This is cyber extortion or, at the very least, cyber humiliation, and we need to put an end to it.”

The bill not only allows for criminal prosecution, but for civil lawsuits against the perpetrator.

The crime would be considered a misdemeanor of the third degree with a fine of $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense.

Prosecution would be allowed if either the victim or perpetrator is located in Pennsylvania.

“This way if the person who sends these images is from another state, but the victim is from Pennsylvania, local prosecutors would be able to reach into the other state and charge that person,” Murt said.

The bill now moves to the whole House for a vote. 

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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