NYC councilman seeks to punish cyber flashing: 'Keep your pic in your pants'

NYC councilman seeks to punish cyber flashing: 'Keep your pic in your pants'
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Two New York City Councilmen announced a bill this week that would criminalize sending unwanted nude images to others electronically after a series of incidents on New York city public transit services caught legislators' attention.

The New York Times reported that the two Democratic legislators are pushing a bill that would mandate punishment of up to a year in jail or a fine of $1,000 for the act sending "an unsolicited intimate image" via an electronic device "with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person."

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The bill comes as several New Yorkers told the Times that they received nude images of male genitalia via Apple's "AirDrop" feature while riding public transit around the city.

It is already a misdemeanor in the state to harass someone via telephone or through forms of written communication, but the bill announced Wednesday would be the first to codify language against the unwanted transmission of images.

“Keep your pic in your pants,” Councilman Donovan Richards, a Democrat supporting the bill told the Times. “If you do it, the message we are sending is that the repercussion is a fine or jail time.”

Councilman Joseph Borelli, a Republican who joined on the bill as a co-sponsor, added that technology such the AirDrop feature which allows users to send images anonymously to other Apple users in range with the feature enabled made unwanted sexual behavior easier for predators to get away with.

“In the old days, you had to have a long trench coat and good running shoes,” added Borelli, a Republican from Staten Island, according to the Times. “Technology has made it significantly easier to be a creep.”

A spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) did not comment on reports of New Yorkers receiving unwanted lewd images via AirDrop, but said that the department would investigate any incidents reported.

“Any complaints made in regard to aggravated harassment will be recorded and fully investigated," Sgt. Jessica McRorie told the Times.