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‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Passes In Pa. House Of Representatives

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania’s capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A new bill banning “revenge porn” has passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Tom Murt, would make it a crime to disseminate an “intimate image” of another person.

“This is a disgraceful practice that must be stopped,” Murt said in a release. “What we are talking about is cyber extortion and cyber humiliation, and it must end.”

House Bill 2107 would consider the crime a misdemeanor of the third degree with a fine of $1,000 or up to six months of prison time. Each violation would constitute a separate offense.

And those in support of the measure say prosecution would be allowed if either the victim or the perpetrator is located in Pennsylvania.

The bill will now move on to the Senate.

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