NC lawmakers review ‘revenge porn’ law penalties

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A plan to enact North Carolina’s first revenge porn law has been postponed as lawmakers look at a proposal to reduce penalties for minors and first-time offenders who post nude pictures online with the intent to harm the subject.

The Senate took up the bill with wide support earlier this week, but tabled a vote after one senator said the law’s felony punishments went too far to punish teenagers “who do stupid stuff.”

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The proposed law includes penalties of up to 25 months in prison for the first offense of spreading nude or sexual images of a person with the intent to harm or embarrass them.

The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill again Monday, if passed it will be returned to the House to approve changes.

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