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Staffer for Queensland treasurer resigns after ‘revenge porn’ accusations

A staffer for the Queensland treasurer has resigned over accusations of posting revenge porn and domestic violence against his former partner.

The 33-year-old man had a domestic and family violence protection order taken out against him in May and his 32-year-old ex-partner has accused him of posting naked images of her on chatroom message boards.

The man worked in treasurer Curtis Pitt’s electorate office in Cairns in far north Queensland and police are investigating the revenge porn allegations.

Pitt said he was “shocked” by the claims and the [the ex-partner] order that had been taken out against the man after the government’s screening process was completed.

The man released a statement saying he had resigned out of guilt and said the treasurer was a heartfelt and honourable person.

“I’m not a deviant,” he said. “I just want to explore my sexuality, I’m into threesomes and group sex, I’m not into the stereotypical relationship, and when [the ex-partner] and I were together we had an open relationship and shared our images with lots of other like-minded people.

“I was emotionally abusive towards her in our relationship but I never hit her, and I refute the claims of revenge porn – and as embarrassing and humiliating as all this is, mud sticks.”

Pitt learned of the allegations on Friday after being approached by the Brisbane newspaper the Courier-Mail.

“I’ve been shocked to learn of these allegations and I’m extremely disappointed that such a serious matter was never disclosed to me,” he said. “Given the expected public attention regarding this case I’m certainly concerned about what impact this has on everyone involved including his children and other family members.

“Domestic violence must be brought out of the shadows to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

Pitt called for the privacy of the individuals to be respected.

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Woman’s ex headed for trial under new Wisconsin revenge porn law

Seattle man sentenced for posting revenge porn of women

A 31-year-old Seattle man was sentenced to one year in jail on Friday for posting nude photos of women on two different websites in a bizarre case of “revenge porn.”

Jeremy “Silo” Walters, a photographer and computer technician, pleaded guilty to first-degree computer trespass and four counts of cyberstalking, a gross misdemeanor charge. He faced a standard sentence of up to 90 days behind bars, but agreed to an exceptional sentence for abusing the trust of one victim and to avoid prosecution for a domestic-violence charge involving a woman he apparently dated for a time.

According to charging documents, Walters was hired by a woman in June 2011 through an ad posted on Craigslist to transfer data from an old computer to a new one. Included on her hard drive were several hundred explicit photos a friend had taken of the woman, along with nude “selfies” she had stored for her personal use, the papers say.

More than two years later, in December 2013, the woman began receiving threatening phone calls from Walters, the papers say. He threatened to send naked photos of the woman to her family and friends if she refused to “play along,” then threatened to rape her and gang rape her with his friends, charging papers say.

After calling police, the woman received a message from a friend in England who said nude photos of the woman were posted on the revenge-porn site myex.com, the papers say. The following day, she got another phone call and Walters again threatened to send the photos to her loved ones if she refused his sexual demands, according to the charges.

In the days and weeks after the first post to myex.com, he sent links to the photos to her friends and family, charging papers say.

A friend conducted a forensic examination on the woman’s computer, determined that her machine hadn’t been hacked and concluded the photos had been stolen directly off her hard drive, the papers say.

In February, the woman picked Walters’ photo out of a montage, telling police he was the man she paid $60 to transfer her data, according to the charges. In June, Seattle detectives served a search warrant on Walters’ apartment near North Seattle College, and police say Walters admitted to posting the photos because he was angry at the woman and gave detectives an external hard drive where he had stored the photos, the papers say.

He was charged with first-degree computer trespass, a felony, and cyberstalking on June 27.

In August, he was charged with two additional counts of cyberstalking for posting nude photos of two other women on myex.com around the same time he posted photos of the first woman, court records show. The documents don’t provide information about how he obtained the other victims’ photos, but one of those women appears to have been a former girlfriend — and the charge pertaining to her carries an allegation of domestic violence.

On Monday, the same day he entered his guilty pleas, Walters was charged with a fourth count of cyberstalking for posting a nude photo of a fourth woman on Craigslist in January, the court records say. Those charging papers don’t provide details on how Walters is suspected of obtaining that photo.

 

Seattle man sentenced for posting ‘revenge porn’ of women – The Seattle Times (blog)

Seattle man sentenced for posting ‘revenge porn’ of women

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