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Bill takes aim at nude pics posted without consent

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It may seem like a little flirty fun, but sending risqué pics of yourself to a lover can, and often does have consequences.

"You don't know what people are capable of at the end of the day and that's a huge risk to take that's your face on there," said student Nasthalia Casimir.

Many know it as "revenge porn" when an angry ex posts scandalous photos online. There are websites dedicated to it. Believe it or not, right now in Florida, there's no law against posting consensually obtained pictures online.

"This happened to one of my friends -- she sent pics to her boyfriend," Casimir said. "They broke up and he took all the pics she sent to him and put them on the internet and it embarrassed her," she said.

"Put a scar on your resume for the rest of your life, really," said Marco Tarantino, a University of Tampa student.

A new proposal could make that a felony. It's being backed by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Essentially, it would make it illegal to post nude pictures or video of someone along with identification without their written consent.

"People have committed suicide there are cases where people are so embarrassed they can't go back to the environment they were in," Sheriff Ivey said.

Despite its good intentions, Tampa attorney Anthony Rickman says the bill still has some legal hurdles to jump.

"The question now is that statue over broad? That's the one of the criticisms of the statute. It doesn't narrowly define nudity and doesn't define it in the context of that individual being identified," Rickman said.

Still a ways to go, but legally speaking it's a start. As its written now, a guilty offender could face up to five years in prison.

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