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Non-consensual porn sharing bill moves through committee

A winning plaintiff in a case would be entitled to actual damages and liquidated damages less than $10,000 as well as legal fees.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2019 5:13 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The Indiana Statehouse Judiciary Committee passed a bill that creates more penalties for distributing pornography or intimate content without the consent of the subject. It passed with eight yeas and one nay. 

It creates a civil cause of action against the person who spreads the content.

A winning plaintiff in a case would be entitled to actual damages and liquidated damages less than $10,000 as well as legal fees.

Republican State Senator Mike Bohacek from District 8 authored the bill. Republican State Senator Ron Alting was added as an author on the bill on January 15th.

Senator Bohacek said in this day and age of technology, this kind of bill is needed.

"20 years ago this wasnt an issue because not everyone carried a photo around in their pocket like we do now and you have an expectation of privacy when you take those kinds of intimate photos," he said.

Senator Bohacek said there are already laws in effect that protect minors from such situations. He said people who send these images with a bad motivation shouldn't be able to get away with it.

"If you are doing it to intimidate someone, to harass, to gain profit from them you need to have a course of action and right now there is none," he said.

News 18 did reach out to Senator Alting to hear his opinions on the impact of this bill and he has not responded.

Senator Bohacek said this bill will go to the State Senate floor sometime next week and that he is confident it will pass.

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