HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania is on the brink of criminalizing sexual extortion -- that is, the use of threats to get victims to perform sexual acts or to provide explicit images.
A sextortion bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate last week and Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign it, his spokesman J.J. Abbott said Monday.
The move is the latest effort by lawmakers to update state law to address the perils of the computer age, said state Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County, the prime sponsor of the legislation.
In many cases, the offenders try to coerce their victims to sharing additional explicit images by threatening to distribute explicit images they’ve already gotten from the victim, Nesbit said.