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Florida Man Allegedly Posted Explicit Photos of His Estranged Wife on Facebook

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Steven Ward posted explicit photo of estranged wife on Facebook

A man accused of posting sexually explicit photos of his wife on Facebook is being charged under a new state law that outlaws “revenge porn.”
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven James Ward, 32, with sexual, cyberstalking and violation of pre-trial release after his wife showed deputies messages and the Facebook post.
Ward is facing charges under the state’s so-called revenge porn laws, which took effect in October. It makes it illegal to post sexually explicit photos in an effort to seek revenge or harass someone.

Ward was last arrested on Dec. 11, 2015 on domestic-violence related charges.

Reports show he was released four days later under the condition that he would only have consensual communications with his wife.

After that, Ward sent his wife harassing text messages and an explicit sexual photo of herself, deputies said.

He then sent her a screenshot of his public Facebook post, which included her name and a sexual image of her, deputies said.

She told deputies that those photos were sent when they were still together but were meant to remain private. Reports show the couple is still legally married.

She texted Ward, “DO NOT CONTACT ME ANYMORE STEVEN” after receiving multiple unpleasant text messages from him, but deputies saw that he continued to text her.

Deputies arrested Ward at his Geneva home in rural Seminole County on Friday.

According to the arrest report, “Steven became belligerent when confronted and was immediately secured in handcuffs.”

Deputies said Ward was hostile toward detention deputies when given the opportunity to provide a sworn statement.

Ward remains at John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford without bail.

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Reports: Revenge Porn Website Lands Sand Springs Man In Jail

TULSA, Oklahoma –
A Green Country man is behind bars after prosecutors say he was running a, revenge porn website. Casey Meyering is being held at the jail waiting to answer to extortion charges in California.Meyering reportedly posted more than 400 sexually explicit photos and extorted $250 from victims to remove the photos from his website.Legal Blogger Adam Steinbaugh said,

“If they’re going out to Oklahoma to pick them up and drag them back to Northern California they’re serious.”

Agents from California paid a visit to Green Country; a special cybercrimes task force was looking for Meyering in Tulsa. After kicking in the door, agents found Meyering in a midtown hotel room.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said Meyering, 28, owned a website called “WinByState.com,” that asked the public to post nude and explicit photos of people without their permission.

Meyering reportedly encouraged people to post the photos and identify their “win” according to city and state, sometimes using the victim’s name. The site is described as a “user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know,” according to a news release from the California Department of Justice.

According to court documents, a victim found stolen nude photos of herself on Meyering’s site. The victim wanted the photos taken down, but prosecutors said she had to pay more than $200 to Meyering to get them taken down.

“It’s about pure profit, about lining his pockets off the embarrassment and the exposure of people who are victims and people who have no intention of having their privacy violated in this way,” Harris said.

Prosecutors traced money paid by the victims to a Tulsa bank account in Meyering’s name. Steinbaugh wrote about Meyering’s revenge porn website in June.

“So they’re profiting off of the embarrassment that these people experienced at their hands,” he said.

Steinbaugh said the arrest, regardless of where you live, shows California is serious about taking down these revenge porn websites.

“I think it’s awful what these sites do to people. I think it’s more awful when they hide what they’re doing; they try to extort people. That’s a terrible thing to do and that deserves criticism,” Steinbaugh said.

Meyering was arrested at the Trade Winds Motel in the 3100 block of East Skelly Drive in Tulsa. Police told News On 6 he refused to open the door and officers had to force their way into the hotel room.

He was booked on three felony complaints of attempted extortion. He is being held without bond for Napa County, California.

California has a revenge porn law on the books to prosecute these crimes but Oklahoma does not.

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Peter F. Kilmartin Filing ‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation

Citing the ever growing problem of posting photos and videos on the Internet with intent to embarrass or harm another individual, Representative Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown), along with Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Senator Erin Lynch (D – Dist. 31 Warwick, Cranston) recently announced the intention to file legislation that would prohibit the posting of “revenge porn” without consent of the individual depicted in the images.

According to a release from Attorney General Kilmartin’s office, “revenge porn” is defined as sexually explicit media that is publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual. It is uploaded by former lovers or hackers for the purpose of humiliation. The images or videos are often accompanied by personal information, including the pictured individual’s full name and links to social media profiles.

Although there have been reports of this disturbing conduct occurring across Rhode Island, the activity is not currently addressed by state law.

AG Kilmartin has filed similar legislation for the past three years as one part of his Internet Safety legislation package.

“We have all been taught that once an image is posted on the Internet, there is a good chance it will be in cyberspace forever,” he said. “But, the latest phenomenon of individuals posting intimate photos and videos on ‘revenge porn’ sites with the mission to embarrass exes takes the exploitation and degradation of people, especially women, to a new level of depravity.”

“These private images go viral to the world leaving the victim no recourse to have the images removed,” Kilmartin continued. “This legislation will give law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to hold these vengeful individuals accountable for this horrendous action.”

If passed, the legislation would prohibit a person from electronically distributing visual images of another engaged in sexually explicit conduct or the intimate parts of another, without that person’s consent and where the person had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Constitutionally protected activity is not subject to the provisions of this section.

Those in violation would be guilty of a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison or a fine of not more than $3,000 or both.

“I applaud Attorney General Kilmartin for this strong legislation and I will be proud to submit it when the new session begins,” said Rep. Lally. “Individuals posting explicit photos with the intent of embarrassing a former romantic partner must be punished, and this new law would give law enforcement and prosecutors the tools necessary to take decisive action. Once such a law is on the books, it will hopefully make those seeking revenge think twice before invading someone’s privacy in such a degrading manner.”

 

“Posting explicit photos of a former partner without their consent is extremely hurtful and embarrassing. Penalties need to be strong to ensure that people think twice before attempting to degrade an individual in this way,” said Sen. Lynch. “I am grateful to Attorney General Kilmartin for developing this legislation to address a new kind of virtual assault, which disproportionately targets women. I am proud to submit this legislation on his behalf.”

Narragansett, SK Rep. Lally Joins Officials in Filing ‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation – Patch.com
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Rhode Island Revenge Porn Bill Gets New Push

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State lawmakers are looking to make it a crime to post explicit photos of ex-spouses or romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

Lawmakers preparing for the 2014 session of the General Assembly are pitching legislation that would make so-called revenge porn a felony punishable by jail time and a fine.

The term revenge porn refers to sexually explicit photos or video of a person that is posted online without his or her consent, often by an angry ex-partner. One of the lawmakers behind the bill, Sen. Erin Lynch, D-Cranston, said it’s a problem she learned about through her work as a divorce attorney.

Lynch said tough criminal penalties might make someone think twice before posting a damaging photo.

“Someone could be the most important person in your life one day and then six months later there can be so much hatred and venom that something like this happens,” she said. “It could be the most embarrassing thing in your life.”

Lynch said the legislation will be carefully crafted to ensure it doesn’t potentially run afoul of constitutional protections on free speech. Rep. Donald Lally, D-South Kingstown, plans to introduce the bill in the House.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office first proposed the legislation a few years ago as part of a larger package of bills relating to the Internet. It never received a vote.

Another bill being pushed by Kilmartin would make it a felony for an adult to send sexually explicit material electronically to a minor. Kilmartin spokeswoman Amy Kempe said some people looking to prey sexually on minors will send them explicit images as a way of cultivating a relationship.

Under the proposed law, an adult would have to transmit the photo or video knowing that the recipient is underage. Rep. Peter Martin, D-Newport, and Sen. Frank Lombardi, D-Cranston, plan to introduce the bill.

Kilmartin said the Internet has created new opportunities for predators to victimize children.

“It is imperative that our laws are updated to reflect changing technology — just as we protect children on our streets, we must also ensure their safety online,” he said in a statement.

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Cardin Proposes Criminalization of Revenge Porn – Daily Record

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Cardin-Jon_webSpurned lovers in Maryland beware: Posting sexually explicit photos and videos of your ex – revenge porn – could land you in jail if one state lawmaker has his way.Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, is expected to announce on Wednesday that he is sponsoring a bill to make the non-consensual release of sexually explicit photographs and videos a felony in Maryland. Cardin, running for Maryland attorney general, said the proposed law would be the first of its kind in the state.Laws regarding revenge porn are not new, but are gaining wide attention.

Similar legislation was proposed this month in New York by a state senator and state assemblyman, according to the Madison County Courier.

New Jersey passed a law in 2004 that prohibits the dissemination of sexually explicit photos and video without the consent of both partners, according to the New York Times.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, this month signed a law that makes the practice of distributing sexually explicit images of ex-significant-others punishable by six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine, according to CNN.

Critics say California’s law doesn’t go far enough because it exempts self-portraits, also called “selfies,” and prosecutors must prove an intent to cause “serious emotional distress” by the person who distributed the material, according to Forbes.

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Woman Sues Best Buy Over Photos on Revenge Porn Site

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. — A woman sued Best Buy, alleging employees obtained explicit photos of her from her cell phone and posted them on UGotPosted.com, once again putting the revenge porn site under fire.

Identified only as Jane Doe, the plaintiff said that she dropped off her phone at Best Buy to be repaired on March 22 and picked it up five days later.

When Doe awoke on the morning of April 5, she said found she had 67 new friend requests. By the end of the day, the number of requests reached more than 300. A friend called the plaintiff and told her she was on the website UGotPosted.com, the complaint says.

“Plaintiff went to the website, where she found the six suggestive photographs of herself, including a nude photo of her breast, which had been on her phone,” the complaint says.

The website’s owners, Eric Chanson, his parents and Kevin Bollaert, were not charged as defendants in the case. UGotPosted is at the center of several unrelated lawsuits, including at least two allegations of distributing child pornography.

Doe claims that the photos exist only on her phone and that the Best Boy employees invaded her privacy to retrieve them. She has accused Best Buy of negligence for allowing them to do it.

Doe is seeking damages, stating that the incident caused her depression, embarrassment, anxiety and loss of earnings. She is being represented by attorney Scott Batey.

UGotPosted and similar websites generally profit through aggregation and distribution of sexually explicit photos of unwitting men and women sent in by ex-lovers.

The photos are often accompanied by the victim’s personal information and links to their social media pages. On UGotPosted, pictures are organized by state.

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