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Revenge porn victim from Cheshunt speaks out after fitness model Christopher Spearman dodges jail

 

A fitness model whose private photographs were leaked online in a revenge porn attack has hit out at her tormentor.

The woman, who did not want to be named, told the Mercury she was coming to terms with the death of her mother in a car crash, as well as the death of her ex-boyfriend Simon Andrews, a motorbike racer killed on the track in 2014.

The woman, who lives in Cheshunt, lost modelling work after ex-lover Christopher Spearman shared sexual images of her on social media.

The woman said Spearman, a 26-year-old fitness fanatic who has appeared on the cover of For Men magazine, was “manipulative” and bombarded her with calls after their breakup.

“I was still trying to come to terms with mum’s death and Simon’s,” said the model, who is in her 20s.

“He sent images to friends and family and anyone I had been in contact with. It lost me a year’s work on a film and some boxing contracts I had.”

The images were shared on fake Twitter accounts in September, and the victim said callous Spearman called her to tell her what he had done.

“He posted one lot of photos on Twitter and then called me five minutes later and told me he had done it,” she told the Mercury.

“He kind of laughed about it. It was up for at least an hour.

“Then the next day or two it got posted again and sent to friends and fans and followers I had.”

The model said Spearman, who is studying to be a doctor and is listed as a director of U-Turn Clothing, would message her asking to get back together.

She said: “I told him I didn’t want anything to do with him and then he got really nasty. He said he had nothing to lose.

“I thought, I have nothing to lose, I lost my family. I have nothing left.”

She added: “He was really manipulative. When Simon died, my mum said to him, ‘Promise me you’ll look after her’. So he would use that against me.”

Spearman, of Addison Gardens, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of sharing private sexual images when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He was given two concurrent 12-week prison sentences, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £465 in fines and court costs.

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Jets Jermaine Cunningham faces charge of so-called revenge porn

SUMMIT — When Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was arrested Dec. 29 in Summit, he became one of the latest high-profile cases of what is commonly called “revenge porn.”

Cunningham was charged under a New Jersey statute that makes it a crime to distribute sexual images of someone without that person’s consent. The 10-year-old law was the first in the nation to make the spreading of such images a crime.

Lawyers familiar with cyber invasion of a personal privacy say distribution of the explicit images is an ever-growing problem fed by the rapid advance of personal electronic devices and expansion of social media.

“We don’t have our phones within an arm’s length. We have them in our hands,” said Carrie Goldberg, a Brooklyn lawyer who focuses on issues of invasion of sexual privacy.

Cunningham was arrested at his Summit apartment Dec. 29 in what authorities said was a domestic violence case. He was charged with spreading the sexual images, and charged with criminal mischief for allegedly destroying clothes. Police also charged him with illegally having a .380 handgun in the glove compartment of his car.

Cunningham has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer says he will fight the charges.

Prosecutors have released no information about a motive in the case, but Goldberg said it fits the criteria for invasion of privacy.

Though often commonly called “revenge porn,” Goldberg says that’s a misnomer catch-all phrase referring to any disclosure of sexual pictures without the person’s consent.

Jermaine Cunningham Jets LinebackerJets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from illegal disclosure of a person’s sexual images, which is commonly known as “revenge porn.”

“The motive is not really relevant. It could be a hacker who’s just putting the images out there for kicks,” Goldberg said.

“Regardless of the motive, the harm and humiliation to the victim are the same,” she said.

Mary Anne Franks, an associate professor a the University of Miami Law School, refers to it as “non-consensual pornography.”

New Jersey became the first state in the nation to make unauthorized spreading of a person’s sexually explicit images a crime when it passed the law in 2004, said Franks, who has helped draft similar statutes in other states.

Currently 16 states have laws outlawing the distribution of such images, but with 13 states enacting the measure over the last 18 months, she said.

Goldberg credits New Jersey with aggressively pursuing the issue. In one case, she said, a man was sentenced to six months in jail.

“New Jersey is serious about prosecuting people,” she said.

The third-degree crime carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of five years in prison.

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