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House advances ‘revenge porn’ bill

SPRINGFIELD—Legislation banning so-called “revenge porn” passed overwhelmingly in the House Thursday.

The measure to make it illegal to post sexual images of someone online without consent was approved 110-2 and moves to the Senate.

House Bill 4320 makes it a felony to intentionally post sexual images without the consent of those featured, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison with a fine of up to $150,000. If the person involved is a minor or developmentally disabled, the felony punishment would be even more severe: up to 15 years in prison with up to a $250,000 fine.

“Right now, there is absolutely no criminal law that deals with this horrible, horrific crime that disproportionately affects women,” said Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood.