Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–3053. First-degree unlawful publication.

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(a) It shall be unlawful in the District of Columbia for a person to knowingly publish one or more sexual images of another identified or identifiable person, whether obtained directly from the person or from a third party or other source, when:

(1) The person depicted did not consent to the publication of the sexual image;

(2) The person publishing the sexual image knew or consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the person depicted did not consent to the publication; and

(3) The person published the sexual image with the intent to harm the person depicted or to receive financial gain.

(b) A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or both.