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Bill Would Make Sending Unwanted Nude Photos a Crime

The crime would be punishable by a fine of up to $500

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    Bill Would Make Sending Unwanted Nude Photos a Crime

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    State Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) drafted a bill that would make it a crime to send unsolicited nude or sexual pictures electronically.

    "It is something which men and women are receiving unwanted [and] unsolicited lewd images and it is something we need to stop," Meyer said.

    House Bill 2789 would make it a Class C misdemeanor to send "sexually explicit visual material" via text message, social media and online dating apps. The crime would be punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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    Meyer said it is illegal to expose yourself to someone on the street and should be illegal to do the same online.

    "Something that is already a crime in the real world needs to be a crime online," Meyer said. "It is certainly a form of sexual harassment when these images are sent and therefore there needs to be a deterrent and by making it a crime I believe it will deter it."

    Bumble founder and Southern Methodist University graduate, Wolfe Herd, testified before a House committee advocating for the bill.

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