Mar 31, 2016 6:24 PM

Lawmakers consider increasing penalties for 'revenge porn'

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CONCORD - Lawmakers are deciding whether to increase penalties for anyone found guilty of distributing 'revenge porn.'

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 465, which makes it a felony for a person to send out "an image of a person engaged in sexual activity or their intimate parts," said Deputy Rockingham County Attorney Patti LaFrance.

Recently, Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million after a nude video of her was released.

The distribution of pornographic images and videos isn't uncommon in New Hampshire, LaFrance said.

"We've had situations where ex-partners post somebody's picture on Backpage advertising their services and obviously the victim doesn't know," LaFrance said. "They put their address in there, and they don't know about it until the person shows up for sex."

Under current law, knowingly distributing the material is a misdemeanor, the bill would make it a class B felony, which carries a maximum of 3.5-7 years in prison.

"Because of the range of the internet, once it goes out on the internet it's typically out there forever," LaFrance said.

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