HARRISBURG – PA House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation, sponsored by Bucks County Rep. Craig Staats, which takes aim at a form of child sexual abuse known as “upskirting,” whereby an adult takes photos up the skirts of unsuspecting individuals and posts the images online. Staats called upskirting an extremely traumatizing form of sexual abuse. House Bill 163 would dramatically increase charges that can be brought against adults who victimize minors in this manner. The bill would make upskirting a third degree felony for a first offense and a second degree felony for subsequent offenses. The measure now goes to the state Senate.

REP. CRAIG STAATS