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NJ Senate panel to consider online harassment bill

Local News | Dec 05, 2013

NJ Senate panel to consider online harassment bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Senate panel is considering a bill that would make online harassment a crime.

The Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal after a public hearing Thursday. The bill specifies that cyber-harassment occurs when someone uses a smart phone, tablet or computer to harass, threaten or post lewd information about another person.

Adults convicted of cyber-harassment would be fined up to $10,000 with jail time possible. Minors would be required to complete a class on the dangers of online bullying.

Adults who impersonate minors to harass someone else online could receive a stiffer penalty.

The bill, which was introduced early this year, has bipartisan sponsorship. A companion bill is pending in the Assembly.