- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is proposing legislation to criminalize revenge pornography, in which people post online nude photos of former romantic partners to humiliate them.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson sponsors the bill. Poulson says such photographs damage reputations and usually target women, often causing them to lose their jobs.

The proposed bill would also pertain to photos taken without the victim’s knowledge.

Poulson says that to date, people who find nude photos of themselves posted online have little recourse. She adds that victims can sue for civil damages, but that’s a lengthy and expensive process.

The proposal would make posting revenge pornography a third-degree felony, meaning it could land offenders up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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