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Missouri House panel considers 'revenge porn' bill

Updated: 2014-01-16T15:39:18Z

— A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would outlaw a phenomenon known as "revenge pornography."

"Revenge porn" is posting online sexually explicit photos or videos of ex-romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

Sponsoring Rep. Kevin Engler told the House public safety committee Thursday that revenge porn can have a devastating effect on a person's life.

The Farmington Republican's legislation would prohibit someone from observing and then disclosing images of intimate sexual acts without the other person's consent.

Disclosing the explicit images would be considered a felony and is punishable by up to four years in prison.

The panel did not vote on Engler's bill. Other states, including Pennsylvania and Virginia, are considering similar measures.

The Associated Press

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