JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – People humiliated by online mugshots of their past arrests will soon have greater legal options in Missouri.
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation making it a misdemeanor to publish police booking photos on websites and then seek money to take them photos down. The new crime will be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The legislation also says people who suffer “humiliation or embarrassment” by such websites can sue for actual and punitive damages.
The Missouri legislation also applies to any information about a person’s name, address or charges that is published with the solicitation or acceptance of money to remove it.
The measure will take effect Aug. 28.
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