House panel OKs bill to boost penalties for video voyeurism

March 21, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A bill aimed at increasing the penalties against violators of Maryland's 4-year-old video voyeurism law has received a favorable recommendation from a House of Delegates committee.

An amended version of the bill, which would increase the maximum penalty from six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to up to three years in prison and a $2,500 fine, passed the House Judiciary Committee last week, according to Howard County Del. Neil F. Quinter, who introduced the legislation.

Video voyeurism would remain a misdemeanor under the amended bill, according to Quinter.

The original version called for a stiffer penalty and for the crime to be classified a felony.

The bill, which was not cross-filed in the Senate, was introduced at the behest of Howard County prosecutors, who successfully tried cases against two men who secretly taped women.

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