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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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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.

Rhode Island Revenge Porn Bill Gets New Push – Huffington Post
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