Kansas House approves measure outlawing ‘revenge porn’

Kansas Statehouse (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas would make it illegal to distribute images or videos of nude adults without their consent under a bill the state House has overwhelmingly approved.

The House’s vote Monday was 113-11 in favor of the measure, which is aimed at deterring an online phenomenon known as “revenge porn.” The bill goes next to the Senate.

The measure would make it a felony to illegally disseminate nude images of an adult. While a first offense typically would be punished by putting the defendant on 18 months’ probation, a second conviction within five years could result in up to three years and seven months in prison.

It’s already illegal to use compromising pictures for blackmail, but it’s not against the law to disseminate pictures taken during an intimate relationship without another’s consent.

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