Man Convicted Under D.C.’s Revenge Porn Law For The First Time

By Rachel Sadon • April 19th, 2017

 

After stalking his ex-girlfriend and using nude photos in a harassment campaign, a D.C. man has become the first person convicted under the city’s revenge porn legislation.

Lamont Roberts was sentenced to nine years in prison for crimes under the city’s “criminalization of non-consensual pornography” law as well as for making threats, stalking, and assault, the Washington Post reports.

Prosecutors recounted a campaign that escalated from a steady stream of threats to printing out and posting nude photos taken three years earlier. Roberts tacked up the photos outside the gate on his ex-girlfriend’s home and on her car windshield, and stood in the lobby of her workplace with one in hand. “He stalked her and made her life a living nightmare with photographs of her vagina,” prosecutor Jessi Camille Brooks said in D.C. Superior Court today, according to the Post.

Under D.C.’s image exploitation law, which was introduced by Ward 3’s Mary Cheh (Muriel Bowser also introduced a similar bill as one of her final acts on the Council), the publication of a sexual image of another person without their permission was formally criminalized in 2014.

Depending on how many people saw the image, the crime can be considered a misdemeanor (if it was disclosed to five or fewer people), which comes with a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or 180 days in prison, or a felony, which carries a maximum fine of $12,500 and/or three years in prison.

Roberts was convicted of five misdemeanor counts, accounting for more than two years of his nine year sentence.

There are now revenge porn laws on the books in 35 states, according to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.

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