A state House committee has passed a bill that would extend protections to victims of “revenge porn” in Kentucky.
The legislation would prohibit distributing pornographic images or video without the consent of the person or people depicted.
Jeff Metzmeier, an assistant Jefferson County attorney, said the issue isn’t covered by current law.
“One of the problems that I saw early on is there’s no statute to cover that act, that act of maliciously distributing those materials,” Metzmeier said.
The bill would charge a Class A misdemeanor to those who distribute pornographic images with the intent to “harm, harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the person depicted.”
Those who distribute the images or video for profit would be charged with a Class D felony.
State Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Louisville Democrat and the bill’s primary sponsor, said the bill doesn’t just apply to “revenge porn.”