Senator Mensch Introduces Legislation to Specifically Criminalize the Act of Upskirting

HARRISBURG – Today Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) introduced legislation that he is sponsoring that would further and explicitly criminalize the act of “upskirting” in Pennsylvania.

In January of 2020, a former math teacher and soccer coach at Palisades High School in Bucks County was found to be taking ‘upskirt’ photos of students and then sharing them online.  The teacher was charged with invasion of privacy and indecent exposure, and this is certainly the least of what he deserved.

“We believe, however, that Pennsylvania statute can more clearly punish acts like these, particularly when they are committed against minors and especially when they are committed by individuals in positions of authority,” Mensch said. “Specifically, our legislation will make this offense a third-degree felony for a first offense and a second-degree felony for subsequent offenses of invasion of privacy of a minor when committed by a person of authority, such as a teacher.”

With the introduction of Senate Bill 521, we hope to send a strong message that invasions of privacy like this that do so much irreparable harm to our children will not be tolerated and carry with them serious penalties and consequences.

The House companion bill, House Bill 163, was passed in the House and is sponsored by State Representative Craig Staats (R-145) and State Representative Shelby Labs (R-143). The bill now awaits consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388