Bill making revenge porn illegal in Ohio signed into law by Gov. Kasich

Bill making revenge porn illegal in Ohio signed into law by Gov. Kasich

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Gov. John Kasich took action on a bill that would essentially make revenge porn illegal in Ohio.

House Bill 497 prohibits the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, sets penalties for those who distribute the images, and creates certain legal rights for the victims of the offense.

The legislation was introduced in Feb. 2018 by Democratic Reps. John Rogers and Nathan Manning.

“The act of distributing intimate images often occurs as the result of a breakup in a relationship,” said Rogers. “When a relationship ends on a sour note, one party may react with vengeance and decide to publish or post personal images of their former significant other on social media or to friends and family members with the intent of harming their former partner.”

Rogers added that a malicious photo can spread like wildfire on the internet.

Under the new law, first-time offenders will be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor. The second offense is a second-degree misdemeanor. A third offense will warrant a first-degree misdemeanor charge.

The bill will go into effect in approximately 90 days after passage by Gov. Kasich.

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