Del. Jon Cardin seeks to criminalize 'revenge porn'

BALTIMORE - Posting "revenge porn" on the Internet would be a felony in Maryland under a bill to be proposed Wednesday by Del. Jon Cardin.

Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat running for attorney general , want to make Maryland a leader in combating this issue and make it a crime for a person to "intentionally disclose in a public way, using the Internet or  otherwise, a sexually explicit image of another person without their consent to release that image." Conviction would be punishable by up to five years in prison or a $25,000 fine, or both.

Cardin will unveil the bill at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Maryland School of Law alongside one of the school's professors, who is an expert in Internet privacy. The news conference will also include an advocate for victims of online harassment. The bill would have to be considered during the next 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, which next convenes in January in Annapolis.

Cardin has made Internet privacy and combating cyber bullying a centerpiece of his campaign. He was the author and sponsor of Grace's law , a cyber-bullying law which went into effect this month.  Cardin also pushed a  bill requiring every school to develop a plan to combat bullying.

According to the most recent Gonzales poll , Cardin polled at 25 percent support compared to 13 percent for Sen. Brian Frosh, who also declared he is running for attorney general. Others mentioned in the poll included Del. Aisha Braveboy and Del. Bill Frick, who polled at 8 and 5 percent, respectively. However, about half of voters are still undecided, according to the poll.

 
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