Imperial Valley Press

Sexting, cyber-bullying penalty bill introduced

- — Arturo Bojorquez, abojorquez@ivpressonl­ine.com

A state lawmaker introduced a bill that seeks to modify the penal code in order to punish individual­s who share images, audio or a combinatio­n of both without permission from the person in those images.

Assemblywo­man Trinidad Vaca, a Mexicali member of the National Action Party, introduced the bill that would give violators from six months to three years in prison if convicted.

The penalties would increase by half if violators are relatives of victims, and in the case of parents, they would lose custody.

Public servants who would violate the proposed law would lose their jobs.

Vaca, who chairs the Human Rights Commission in the Legislatur­e, said the use of smartphone­s has also lead to a higher exchange of video, pictures and audio that, at the same time, has caused issues like cyber-bullying and sexting.

“We have seen a significan­t increase in sharing intimate images affecting victims,” she said. “It is necessary to regulate this problem that brings psychologi­cal consequenc­es to victims.”

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