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Bill to criminalize 'revenge porn' in Utah passes Legislature

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 6:41 a.m. MDT

Utah State Capitol building. (Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives) Utah State Capitol building. (Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives)

SALT LAKE CITY — Non-consensual pornography, also called "revenge porn," will soon be illegal in Utah if the governor decides to sign HB71.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill Thursday, and the House later voted to concur with the Senate's amendments, sending the bill to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk for consideration.

HB71, sponsored by Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, criminalizes what Poulson has often referred to as the "insidious" practice of a person intentionally distributing intimate images without the consent of the subject, often a previous romantic partner.

A first offense would be a class C misdemeanor, and subsequent offenses would be third-degree felonies.

Poulson said she's worked with all sorts of stakeholders, and the intent of the bill has been tightened up to make sure Internet service providers aren't "liable for something they didn't cause."

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