- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A practice known as revenge pornography, where people try to humiliate former romantic partners by sharing sexually explicit images of them, is now a criminal offense in Utah.

Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed legislation making it a misdemeanor the first time someone shares the images without the person’s consent. Repeat offenses would be a felony.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson pushed for the law during this year’s legislative session.

She says the practice most often targets women and can cause some to lose their jobs.

Two states have passed similar laws and at least 22 other states, including Utah, have considered similar measures this year.

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