{{featured_button_text}}

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation Thursday outlawing "sexual extortion" and allowing judges to terminate rapists' parental rights.

Senate Bill 2273 is aimed at people who threaten another person in an attempt to coerce them into sex, including by threatening to release intimate photos of the victim.

Penalties depend on the victim's age and whether they comply with the extortionist's demands. At most, the crime would carry Class B felony charges and requirements to register as a sex offender.

The Republican governor also signed Senate Bill 2185, allowing judges to terminate the parental rights of somebody who pleaded guilty to or was convicted of a rape that led to a child's birth if it's in the child's best interest.

Both bills take effect Aug. 1.

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.
0
0
0
0
0