Panel OKs bill to crack down on posting explicit photos

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky legislative committee has approved a bill aimed at cracking down on people who distribute sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted.

The measure clearing the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is known as the “revenge porn” bill.

Supporters say the bill is needed to fill a gap in state law to protect people, mostly women, from the trauma of having intimate images of them posted on the Internet, often by ex-partners.

The bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor to distribute sexually explicit images with the intent to harm or harass and without the consent of the person depicted.

It would be a felony, with a potentially longer jail sentence, if the material is distributed for profit or gain.

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