DENVER (CBS4)– It’s now a crime in Colorado to post intimate pictures of someone online for the purpose of humiliating them.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law today at the state Capitol which bans “Revenge Porn.”
The push for the law came after CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass confronted the operator of a revenge porn website, Craig Brittain.
He was sharing some people’s most intimate pictures and extorting them, asking the women to pay to have those pictures removed from the site.
After those stories were broadcast on CBS4, Brittain took down his website.
Law enforcement said there was no legal grounds to stop Brittain from posting the pictures.
State Representative Amy Stephens sponsored the bill. She said ruining someone’s life through revenge porn will not be tolerated in Colorado.
“We had some women victims who wrote letters for the committee to read and I really applaud their courage. That’s not easy,” said Stephens, a Republican representing El Paso County. “They got a huge result today. This is a big “W” for them.”
Attorney Andrew Contiguglia was also at the bill signing. He represented several women profiled in the CBS4 investigation. He was successfully able to get their pictures off the internet.
Contiguglia said today’s bill signing is a good start but the law needs to stay nimble and be able to respond to predatory threats as technology changes.
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