- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill making it a crime to distribute sensitive images of a person in an effort to harass or injure that person.

Posting intimate photos or videos on the internet or disseminating such images electronically or otherwise will be a crime under the so-called “revenge porn” bill signed Monday.

With Martinez’s signature, New Mexico joins at least 16 states that have enacted similar laws in the past 10 years.

Under the law, sensitive images are defined as those of a person whose genitals are exposed or images depicting certain areas of a woman’s breast.

Once the law takes effect July 1, the first conviction will be a misdemeanor. Subsequent convictions would constitute a fourth-degree felony.

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