Is Revenge Porn a Crime in Massachusetts?

Is Revenge Porn a Crime in Massachusetts?

In today’s society, cellphones are a significant part of your daily lives. Modern romances typically involve couples sharing intimate text messages and even nude photos or videos with one another.

Unfortunately, when a relationship goes south, it is not uncommon for a jealous ex-lover to share private images of their former partner to the public or specific people in an effort to cause embarrassment and damage his/her reputation. This is known as revenge porn.

While many states have enacted laws about revenge porn, Massachusetts isn’t one of them. However, there are several sex crimes related to revenge porn.

One of these crimes is known as “electronic record or surveillance of a nude or partially-nude person,” which means secretly recording or photographing someone who is naked or semi-nude without the person’s consent. This offense is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of two and a half years and a fine no more than $5,000. However, if the victim is under 18 years old, a conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum $10,000 fine.

It is also a crime in the state to disseminate—distribute or publicize—an image obtained by secretly recording another person. Disseminating an image carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000. However, if the victim is under 18, a conviction can lead a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum $10,000 fine.

In addition, victims can file a lawsuit in civil court to recover monetary damages if they lose their job or otherwise suffered financially after the images were released or posted online.

If you have been charged with a sex crime in Boston, contact Brad Bailey Law today at (617) 500-0252 and request a free consultation.

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