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UPDATE: Assembly passes bill to criminalize "revenge porn"

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Taking a nude or sexually explicit picture of a significant other is increasingly common, but so is another disturbing trend that happens with those images when relationships end.

It is known as revenge porn.

"There's sites out there that ask you to upload that and you do that.  There's nothing, there's no penalty, there's no law that says you can't," said Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield).

"In certain circumstances people make that decision (to be photographed nude), they certainly shouldn't be the continuous victim of a crime," said Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).

A bill that passed on a voice vote in the Assembly Tuesday would make it illegal.

"It prohibits someone from distributing an image of a person who is nude, or in a sexually explicit way, without their permission," said Rep. Spiros, who authored AB 462.

A person found guilty could face a $10,000 fine and up to nine months in prison.  It now goes to the Senate, which passed a separate bill dealing with internet privacy.

"I mean, if you put out something publicly, that's fair game," said Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend).  "But to ask for your password and dig into your Facebook page and look into what you thought was private, is over the top.

Sen. Grothman authored SB 223 to make it illegal for employers, landlords, even school officials to ask people for any login information for their personal internet accounts.

"One of the things that caused me to move this forward more than anything was, I got a call from a local police chief who was proudly asking employees to turn over their password to look at their Facebook pages.  That's what the government expects.  We've got to put an end to that," said Sen. Grothman.

SB 223 will now go the Assembly for approval.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on a Republican bill Tuesday that would outlaw posting revenge porn.

Under current state law, anyone who possesses, reproduces or distributes an image of a nude person captured without that person's consent faces a felony charge with a maximum sentence of $10,000 in fines and three-and-a-half years in prison.

Under this legislation, anyone who disseminates a nude picture without the subject's consent, regardless of whether the subject granted consent to capture the image, would face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

The bill is designed to discourage people from posting naked pictures of ex-lovers to embarrass them.

The Assembly is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday afternoon.

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