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New Hampshire Bulletin June 16, 2021
A central issue that advocates and legal experts homed in on was that House Bill 296 would have unintentionally reduced penalties associated with the crimes in question down to violations. Sending an unwanted intimate image is already a crime, per current law. But the bill would have had the unintended consequence of decriminalizing it and making it a violation instead.
For example, it would have decriminalized the act of a grown adult sending a sexually illicit picture to a child, which currently is a felony level offenses, said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.