In 2015, Florida became the 16th state to enact a law criminalizing the posting of sexually explicit images of other people without their consent.[1]  The image posted must be one in which the depicted person had a reasonable expectation of privacy and that was published or disseminated for no legitimate purpose, with the intent of causing substantial emotional distress to the depicted person.

Anyone who violates this law may be guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense. Any subsequent offense is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The statute authorizes a law enforcement officer to arrest, without a warrant, any person that he or she has probable cause to believe has committed sexual cyberharassment.  The statute also provides for civil relief for the aggrieved party including injunctive relief, monetary damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs.

[1] § 784.049, Fla. Stat.