Thursday, January 12, 2012

More Video Voyeurism Laws Coming

FL - Last summer, Rep. Dana Young heard about the two Bulgarian women who found hidden cameras inside their west Hillsborough apartment.

The part that surprised her most: Video voyeurism is only a misdemeanor.

"You can destroy someone's life, their career, without their even knowing they've been put on video," said Young, a Tampa Republican.

Spurred by that case and others, Young is pushing legislation that would toughen the penalties in video voyeur cases. Currently, a first-time violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one-year jail sentence and $1,000 fine. House Bill 215 would make it a third-degree felony, which increases the maximum punishments to a five-year sentence and $5,000 fine. (more)