Missouri House panel considers 'revenge porn' bill

01/16/2014 9:39 AM

01/16/2014 9:39 AM

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.

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