UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV,WPNY-TV) – June 10, 2021 – Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) announced that legislation she sponsored to establish criminal and civil penalties for unlawfully disseminating a personal image passed the Assembly (A.1121). Buttenschon crafted the legislation following the tragic murder of Utica resident Bianca Michelle Devin in 2019.
In 2019, 17-year-old Bianca Devins was murdered after attending a concert with her attacker, who then posted photos of her body on social media. These photos were widely shared across multiple social media platforms.
“It’s the steps of passing in the senate and the assembly. clearly the governor would have to sign this legislation and move forward. this is a starting point. We still have to work with our federal officials to ensure that this is passed on the federal level. As we know many of these social media platforms work throughout the world so we want to make sure that we’re continuing with this step.” – Marianne Buttenschon
“To those people that have the empty hearts that take these photos put them out on social media. For people to see for their own evil purposes. We want them to be held accountable.” -Frank Williams, Grandfather of Bianca Devins
Buttenschon and the Devins Family are hoping that this bill will pass in the senate which session ends tonight.