Bill increasing penalty for distributing private images without consent for financial gain passes Senate committee
A bill that would make it a felony to distribute private images without approval for financial or personal gain passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Monday.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Kim David, R-Porter, authored the bill after a constituent detailed the impact of her ex-husband selling private images to over 150 websites.
“Because of that, she nearly lost her job,” David said. “It was so egregious that I felt like it was important that this is done.”
On a first offense, the bill states the individual would be guilty of a felony with up to four years in prison. On the second offense, it would increase to up to 10 years and that person would be required to register as a sex offender.
The bill passed the bipartisan committee unanimously and will now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.