Bill to criminalize cyber harassment clears Senate panel

TRENTON – People who engage in cyber harassment face the possibility of being charged with a crime.

Legislation cleared a Senate panel Thursday that would make cyber harassment a fourth-degree crime. Under the proposal, offenders could be punished by up to 18 months in jail and be slapped with a fine of up $10,000.

If an offender is older than the age of 21 at the time of the offense, cyber harassment would be a crime of the third degree punishable by three to five years behind bars and a fine of up to $15,000, according to the bill.

The legislation, S2469, cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee following unanimous agreement from lawmakers and little discussion.

The proposal stipulates minors under 16 years old guilty of cyber harassment could be required to complete a training program that brings awareness to the harms of cyber harassment and reduces future events.

Bill to criminalize cyber harassment clears Senate panel