Governor signs “revenge porn” bill

By ANDREA LANNOM

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that makes it a crime to knowingly and intentionally distribute a private image without consent has been signed by the governor.

The measure has been referred to as the “revenge porn” bill. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

Under Senate Bill 240, a person convicted on a first offense would be guilty of a misdemeanor, face up to a year in jail and a fined $1,000 to $5,000.

For a second violation, a person could be charged with a felony, sentenced up to three years in prison and fined $2,500 to $10,000.

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