- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have advanced a measure to criminalize so-called revenge pornography.

A Senate committee on Monday approved the bill to curb the practice. It involves trying to humiliate former romantic partners by sharing sexually explicit photos or videos of them.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1c4PT6u) the measure would make it a misdemeanor for offenders on the first time around.

But a repeat offense would be a felony.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson sponsors the bill. She says the practice most often targets women and can cause some to lose their jobs.

Two states have passed similar laws and similar bills have been introduced or planned in at least six other states in the past year.

The Utah proposal goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Online: https://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0071.html

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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