Former Winona MN Corrections Officer Accused Of Revenge Porn Threats

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former Winona County Jail corrections officer is accused of threatening to post nude pictures from former inmates unless he received more nude images and videos.

Ryan Philip Brown, 31, of St. Charles, faces two charges of stalking, two charges of misconduct as a public officer and two charges of computer theft in connection to the incidents, which occurred in October and December of 2015.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown allegedly acquired nude pictures of the girlfriend of a man who was briefly jailed and then demanded that she send more nude images. If she didn’t comply, he threatened to post them to a revenge porn website, called “myex.com”. He allegedly acquired the nude pictures when he confiscated the jailed man’s phone.

Brown is also accused of a similar threat involving a different victim months prior.

An investigation later identified Brown as the man committing these acts and he later admitted to it, the complaint said.

Brown faces up to one year in prison per stalking and misconduct charge, and up to 90 days per computer theft charge. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on June 15.

According to Winona County officials, Brown no longer works for the department. He was terminated on Dec. 10, 2015. He had been working for the department since May 12, 2009.

The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case, due to the conflict of interest.