According to a story in the Centre Daily Times, a 21-year old man has been charged with three counts of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image, which is a misdemeanor charge. He has also been charged with one count of harassment, which is also a misdemeanor.
From information gained from the police report, the young man used a website to post what is termed as “revenge porn” or private photos of his former girlfriend. When the man was 18 or 19 years old, he took photos that his then-girlfriend sent him and uploaded the photos to the website. There was a total of 24 photos posted to the website with inappropriate comments. The site included the girlfriend’s name and age, and it recorded 100,000 views of the photographs.
The young lady found out about the so-called “revenge porn” when her friend told her about the photographs posted online. Allegedly, the young man confessed to the young woman that he had posted the photos, which were supposed to be something private between the two of them when they were together. The police also found evidence in the man’s residence, which they searched after obtaining a search warrant.
A Serious Warning to Online Posters
This case highlights the importance of being careful when sharing photos or when posting anything online. Posting “revenge porn” or any private photos without the consent of the other person is risky, even if the person is an adult and of the age of consent. Even if the person consents to make the photos or video, this does not constitute consent for posting those items online.
Criminal charges of this kind can have long-term consequences. If convicted of posting intimate images online, you will have a criminal record, which could limit your educational, employment, and residential options. It is simply not worth risking your future to post revenge porn of your ex-partner. Unfortunately, many college students and young adults act in the heat of the moment when emotions run high. They don’t stop to think about the consequences of their actions until it is too late.
Hiring an Edinboro Criminal Defense Attorney
As the above situation demonstrates, people can make serious mistakes in judgment. Often, they regret their actions, but the result can still be extremely costly. It’s important to find an Edinboro criminal defense attorney who will fight for their rights and help them make the best choices for resolving their case. If you’ve been involved in a similar scenario, it’s best to find an experienced lawyer to provide solid legal counsel rather than trying to deal with the charges on your own.
Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We provide the support, guidance, and sound legal counsel that you need as you struggle to get your life back together following a criminal judgement.