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Expansion of voyeurism law included in bill to address Indiana's revenge pornography law

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Indiana's revenge pornography law requires intimate images to be shared with others to trigger criminal penalties.

A Senate committee this week added a provision that deals with concealed cameras to a revenge pornography bill.

Sen. Rodney Pol, Jr. (D-Chesterton) said the language seeks to address an issue brought to him by a constituent. He said a married woman was secretly recorded by her partner using a concealed camera.

"And essentially this was held over her as a quote-unquote 'power issue' — 'I have this power over you,'" Pol said.

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Pol said that incident isn’t covered under the state’s revenge pornography law because that statute requires intimate images to be shared with others.

His concealed camera language was added as an expansion to the state’s voyeurism law. A committee unanimously adopted the amendment and HB 1047 is headed to the Senate floor.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.