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Los Angeles Man Sentenced In California's First 'Revenge Porn' Conviction
A Los Angeles man has the not-at-all honor of being the first person in California to be sentenced to jail under state's new "revenge porn" law. Noe Iniguez, 36, was found guilty of both violating the restraining orders his ex-girlfriend had against him and breaking California's new "revenge porn" law, the L.A. Times reports.
Revenge porn is defined as using nude or explicit images of a person in an attempt to hurt them. It's been illegal in California since October of 2013, according to LA Weekly.
Iniguez and his ex ended a four-year relationship in 2011. After he sent her a number of harassing text messages, she obtained a restraining order against him. But Iniguez wasn't quite ready to leave her alone and move on. He began posting comments about her on her employer's Facebook page using an alias. In March of 2014, he posted a nude photo of her calling her a "drunk" and a "slut" and suggesting her employer fire her.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said a the statement that the "new revenge porn law gives prosecutors a valuable tool to protect victims whose lives and reputations have been upended by a person they once trusted. This conviction sends a strong message that this type of malicious behavior will not be tolerated."
In addition to Iniguez's year in jail, he'll get 36 months of probation and must attend counseling on domestic violence. And, of course, he will have to stay away from his ex.
In October, 38-year-old David Galvan was arrested for emailing nude photos of his ex-boyfriend, a Pasadena high school teacher, to over 200 people. Worse, he hacked into his ex's work account to do the deed, meaning some of the photos were sent to not only his ex's co-workers, but his students as well. You get in extra trouble if either the victim or the recipient of revenge porn is a minor.