Sacramento, California (KCRA) -- Vindictive, spurned ex-lovers who post intimate photos of their former significant others online may face criminal charges soon, from a bill that is one step closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill 255 cleared the California Assembly on a unanimous vote Wednesday and will be on its way to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown after changes are reconciled in the Senate.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to post intimate photos with the intent to cause emotional distress. It carries a fine of up to $1,000, and as long as six months in jail.
However, some victims of revenge porn believe the bill does not go far enough because it does not crack down on the distribution of so-called "selfies," increasingly popular photos that people take of themselves.