Rhode Island Revenge Porn Laws

Unauthorized dissemination of indecent material. Misdemeanor for first violation, felony for second or subsequent violation, and felony if material is being used as an exploitative device

 

Title: Chapter 11-64-3 of the General Laws “Unauthorized dissemination of indecent material

 

Status: In effect, as of March 2018

 

A person is guilty of unauthorized dissemination of a sexually explicit visual image of another person what the person intentionally, by any means, disseminates, publishes or sells:

A visual image that depicts an identifiable person eighteen years of older engaged in sexually explicit conduct or of their intimate areas
The image was made, captured, recorded, or obtained under reasonable understanding that the image was to remain private
The image was disseminated, published or sold without the consent of the person
With knowledge or reckless disregard that the depicted person will suffer harm, or with the intent to harass, intimidate, threated or coerce the depicted person

 

Repercussions:

First offense – misdemeanor, subjected to imprisonment up to 1 year or up to a fine of $1,000, or both.
Second offense – felony, subjected to imprisonment up to 3 years or up to a fine of $3,000, or both.
A person who intentionally threatens to disclose any image to benefit in return for not making the disclosure in connection with the threated disclosure – felony, subjected to imprisonment up to 5 years or a fine up to $5,000, or both.
A person who demands payment of money, property, services or anything else of value from a person in exchange for removing any visual images as described above –  felony, subjected to imprisonment up to 5 years or a fine up to $5,000, or both.

 

Does not apply to: Law enforcement activity in prosecuting and investigation criminal offenses, medical or educational activities, legal proceedings, the reporting of unlawful conduct, matters of public interest, voluntary or commercial nudity/sex acts in public areas, and interactive computer services.

 

(http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/SenateText18/S2581A.pdf)