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amanda-vannBy:  Amanda Vann, Esq.

The Maryland Senate passed a bill that would outlaw “rape by proxy”.  Rape by proxy is when someone posts information about another person advertising that they would welcome being sexually assaulted.  The bill, as passed by the Senate, would impose a penalty of 20 years and a $25,000 fine for violations.

The bill was prompted after a woman in Prince George’s County had more than 50 strangers show up at her home over a two-week period expecting to have violent sex with her and her children. The strangers got her information because her ex-husband, posing as his ex-wife on various websites and on social media, posted ads and sent messages through social media in which he invited people to his ex-wife’s home to fulfill what was described as her rape fantasy.

The bill now moves onto the House for vote.

For more information on Maryland’s rape by proxy laws or to schedule a consultation with our family law attorneys, contact us today.