HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A bill filed by State Sen. Joey Fillingane to protect the privacy of anyone in Mississippi has passed the Senate and is now headed to the State House of Representatives.
There was one change that was made to the bill since Senator Fillingane introduced it. The amendment was put in by another member of the Senate to make sure the criminal is 21 years of age or older. Senator Fillingane says some committee members didn't want to minors to be prosecuted for playing a "prank."
This bill was prompted by an incident that happened last June at Southern Mississippi after months of investigation, a former university staff member was placed under arrest in November for allegedly stalking staff members.
"The bill has been thoroughly vetted obviously our committee looked at it and made that one change, but I really feel like it's been fully vetted by people that have looked at it," said Fillingane. "I think we have a good product and I hope the house will take it and send it on to the governor."
The Southern Mississippi Employee Quandom Benn is over 21, so this amendment won't have an affect on this case.
If the law passes a conviction could result in a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the victim is a child under the afe of 16 the maximum penalty would increase to 10 years in prison.
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