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NC Senate gives “revenge porn” bill preliminary approval

The Senate gave unanimous preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill criminalizing “revenge porn.”

A final Senate vote on House bill 792 was postponed while senators talk about a proposed change that would weaken penalties.

The bill would make it a low-level felony to humiliate, demean or harass someone in a personal relationship by distributing nude photos.

Sen. Gladys Robinson, a Guilford County Democrat, proposed a change that would make the first offense a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses by people under 18 would also be misdemeanors. For people older than 18, subsequent offenses would be felonies.

“It lessens the impact on kids that do stupid stuff,” Robinson said.

Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican, said he would have preferred to have the proposed change discussed in committee and asked for a delay in the final vote.

The bill would also allow suits for damages of $1,000 a day, or up to $10,000, whichever is higher.

Once the Senate passes the bill, it will have to go back to the House for final approval.