POLITO ATTACHES URGENCY TO EXPLICIT IMAGE LEGISLATION [+AUDIO]
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 6, 2019....Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said she'll "put my shoulder behind" a bill she announced Wednesday to rewrite the state's laws around sharing sexually explicit images, saying the state must respond to technological changes and protect its youth.
Updating state laws regarding distribution of explicit images would "better protect people from using technology as a weapon," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]
The bill, which Gov. Charlie Baker is filing for the second time, addresses the forms of image-sharing sometimes known as sexting and revenge porn. It would both allow anyone under the age of 18 to be diverted from the criminal justice system, at a prosecutor's discretion, and create a new penalty for adults distributing explicit images for revenge or embarrassment purposes.
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