A Maryland lawmaker wants to criminalize the release of non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit pictures and videos online.
Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) plans to introduce the measure, he said during a news conference Wednesday. He said he wants to stop people who release privately shared, sexually explicit pictures on public websites specifically designed for vengeful purposes or to humiliate former partners.
The measure would make it a felony to intentionally disclose in a public way a sexually explicit image of another person without their consent to release that image.
The crime would be punishable by up to five years in prison or a $25,000 fine, or both.
Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, is seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general.