'Revenge porn' could be outlawed under California bill

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — So-called "revenge porn" could become illegal if a California bill becomes law.

State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, wrote the Cyber Revenge bill to punish people for uploading pornographic videos or photos of ex-lovers to the Internet.

The intimate images are often meant to humiliate someone following a breakup, the senator says.

"People who post or text pictures that are meant to be private as a way to seek revenge are reprehensible," Cannella says on his website. "Right now, there is no tool for law enforcement to protect the victims ... This is a common sense bill that clamps down on those who exploit intimacy and trust for revenge or personal gain."

Senate Bill 255 would make revenge porn punishable as a misdemeanor crime with six months in jail or a $1,000 fine. Such matters are currently resolved only via civil litigation.

Capitol Television News Service reports Wednesday that SB 255 is headed to a Senate committee for consideration.