Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2016
Sen. David Holt
Sen. Holt’s bill to criminalize “revenge
porn” heads to the Governor’s desk
The full Senate has approved Sen. David
Holt’s legislation to make “revenge porn”
a crime in Oklahoma. The bill now advances to the Governor’s
desk for her consideration. Senate Bill 1257 passed the Senate 39-0.
The measure criminalizes the unauthorized dissemination of intimate
photos or video—usually after a relationship has ended—an
act commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”
“This is a purely destructive act that almost exclusively
targets women, and it should be a crime,” said Holt, R-Oklahoma
City. “We are simply acknowledging today that our statutes
have to keep up with modern crimes. This act should never have been
socially acceptable, but to this point it has been legally acceptable.
I am very hopeful that is about to change.”
SB 1257 provides that a person commits a crime when they intentionally
disseminate an image of another identifiable person who is engaged
in a sexual act or is nude; they obtained the image under circumstances
that would lead a reasonable person to know that the image was private;
the image was disseminated with an intent to harass, intimidate,
or coerce, and they knew or should have known that the dissemination
The legislation exempts disseminations related to law enforcement
investigations, reporting of unlawful conduct, or when the exposure
or sexual act was committed in public or in a commercial setting.
In most instances, the act of “revenge porn” is committed
by a person who captured or accepted the image in the context of
a trusting relationship that has ended, at which time the person
disseminated the image on the internet. The measure also gives judges
the ability to order the image be removed, if that is still within
the power of the person who committed the act. Someone convicted
of the crime can be sentenced to up to one year in a county jail,
and a fine.
SB 1257 was authored in the House by Rep. John Paul Jordan, R- Yukon.
If signed by the Governor, it would take effect November 1.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636