Sending explicit photos to people who didn’t ask for them could soon become a crime in Texas, after the House recently passed a bill that would make those unwanted photos a Class C misdemeanor.
HB2789, would make sending sexually-explicit visual material, including images containing nudity and sexual acts without consent, through cell phone or online, a Class C misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $500.
The state already has rules for indecent exposure in person, and now, lawmakers hope this bill will create an opportunity to treat indecent exposure online and on cell phones identical to the way Texas treats unsolicited sexual displays.
“This particular bill makes it more specific for that act. Right now, as prosecutors we can find a statue to fit that particular situation, but this just makes it a lot easier for us to say this is an offense that this person committed,” said Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz.
The bill is now in the Senate for consideration. If approved, the it would go in to effect on September 1, 2019.