Bad News for ‘Revenge Porn’ Targets; Judge Sides with Sender

Each case is different and, most often, complicated. Still, women everywhere will likely shudder at the news that a man who shared naked pictures of a girlfriend on Twitter has been exonerated in court.

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Per a report by Oren Yaniv, who covers the Brooklyn courts for the New York Daily News, the defendant was excused even though he also directly sent the pictures to the girlfriend’s employer and sister. Like a penultimate scene in so many Hollywood courtroom dramas, the accused got off on, essentially, a technicality:

“The Court concludes that defendant’s conduct, while reprehensible, does not violate any of the criminal statutes under which he is charged,” Criminal Court Judge Steven Statsinger wrote in a decision published Wednesday.

Ian Barber, 29, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn uploaded the naughty images of his ex in July 2013. He was slapped with three counts: aggravated harassment, dissemination of unlawful surveillance and public display of offensive sexual material, all misdemeanors.

The only states that currently have laws that would have punished Barber are New Jersey and California. Because he didn’t send the photos directly to the woman, harassment was not applicable. It also apparently takes more than straight nudity in photos for something in the 48 other states to be deemed “offensive sexual material.”

Read the full decision here.