Baker files bill targeting “revenge porn”

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is re-filing a bill aimed at cracking down on pornographic images published by people seeking revenge against former lovers while offering diversion programs for teenagers who post explicit pictures or videos online.

Under the bill, minors found to be sending explicit images of peers would be enrolled in an educational diversion program rather than go through the juvenile justice process.

Current state law calls for minors who distribute explicit images of peers to be subject to prosecution for the distribution or possession of child pornography.

This legislation would also create a new felony for adults who distribute a sexually explicit image for purposes of revenge or embarrassment.

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The Republican governor said Wednesday that the bill received strong bipartisan support from lawmakers during the last legislative session.