Harassment by computer; impersonating another, penalty. (SB409)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Harassment by computer; impersonating another; penalty. Provides that a person who uses a computer to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, make an obscene proposal, or threaten an illegal or immoral act with the intent to defraud any person is guilty of harassment by computer, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, in order to be guilty of harassment by computer, a person must have the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person. The bill also provides that it is a Class 6 felony to commit harassment by computer if the person has assumed the identity of another living individual. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102450D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB409)
01/27/2016Committee substitute printed 16104849D-S1
01/27/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB409S1)
02/17/2016Left in Finance