State looks to crack down on 'revenge porn,' as website promotes 'ex-girlfriend' photos online

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A penalty for revenge.

State lawmakers are trying to crack down on what some call "revenge porn," when an ex posts compromising pictures online.

Websites screaming for pictures of ex-girlfriends are easy to find. 

"It's like wildfire. One guy has it, he sends it to other guys. That guy sends it to five more," said Katlyn Romine, a high-school senior at an Orlando-area school.

Romine says some boyfriends at her Orlando-area school don't think twice about posting a dirty picture, especially after a breakup.

"It's reality. It happens everyday," said Romine.

House bill 787 would make it a felony to post naked pictures with identifying information like name, age and place of residence without that person's consent. 

Harsher penalties would be doled out for pictures of people under 18. 

Former Boca police chief Andrew Scott says it's common for laws to lag behind technology.

"It it technology that's being used in a way that potentially could be illegal, but there are no laws that are supporting the misuse of that technology until there are enough victims," said Scott.

But he also says enforcing this is a huge challenge for manpower strapped police agencies.

"Once it goes viral, it's very difficult to track where it originated from," said Scott.

Ellen Kramer is a junior high school teacher in Minnesota - who was vacationing in Delray Beach - and says the problem of "revenge porn" even comes up with twelve year-olds.

"I've seen it happen probably five times yet this school year," said Kramer.

She has found that not only does legislation lag behind technology, but unfortunately, so do life-lessons. If you don't want a picture to get out, don't take it.

"Parents need to be really aware of how often kids are sharing things via text, by Facebook, twitter, wherever. It's happening more than we know, " said Kramer.

The bill has cleared the criminal justice subcommittee, but a final vote is not yet scheduled.

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