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PA 'Revenge Porn' Law

With the increased use of electronic devices and social media, our lives are becoming less private.  With a touch of a button, we can update our 'friends' and 'followers' on our status or post a picture to tell the story.

For some, it is an opportunity pull back the shades and let others look into the window of their personal lives.  For others, it can be an chance to kick in the door and expose someone else in an intimate setting -- for revenge.  

'Revenge Porn' is the public dissemintation or sharing of explicit photos or images (often on social media) of another person (typically an ex-lover) without their consent.

As our lives continue to be impacted by the evolution of technology, lawmakers are pressed to keep the laws current with the changing times.  With respect to 'revenge porn,' Pennsylvania lawmakers have responded.

The Law

Section 3131 of the PA Crimes Code makes it a crime to engage in the unlawful dissemination of intimate image. A person can be charged with the Unlawful Disseminatation of Intimate Image if:

  1. with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm a current or former intimate partner;
  2. a person disseminates or shares a visual depiction of a current or former sexual partner; and,
  3. the image depicts that partner in state of nudity or engaged in sexual conduct.

The Penalties

If the person depicted in the intimate image is a minor, the crime is graded as a Misdemeanor in the First Degree punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.

If the person depicted in the visual depiction is an adult, the crime is a Misdemeanor in the Second Degree punishable by a maximum of 2 years in jail and a $5,000.00 fine.

Accused of a Crime? Get Help.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with a crime, contact Shawn Curry Law today.

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