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Massachusetts House approves revenge porn ban bill – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would outlaw revenge porn in Massachusetts passed unanimously by House lawmakers Thursday.

Massachusetts is one of only two states without a law prohibiting this practice, which typically involves non-consensual postings of sexually explicit images online by former partners.

The bill has yet to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

The House bill would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly distribute sexually explicit material by people for the purpose of intimidating, harassing, or emotionally distressing, while recklessly disregarding the person’s expectation that they would remain private.

Penalties include up to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Those found guilty of a second or more offense face criminal offenses and up to 10 years in prison.

Baker wants the first offense to be treated as a felony.

During his last State of the Commonwealth address in January, Baker said that one of his remaining priorities was targeting those engaged in revenge porn.

Baker said he wanted to close what he described as loopholes, which he said left residents, many of them women, little recourse if a former partner took explicit photos and posted them online without their consent.

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