L.A. Scores First Revenge Porn Conviction

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – A man charged with posting nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page has been sentenced and jailed, the City Attorney’s office said Monday.
     City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office said the conviction of Noe Iniguez, 36, was a first for the prosecutor under California’s revenge porn law. The new statute – signed into law last year – makes it a criminal offense to post nude or sexual images without an individual’s consent with intent to cause serious emotional distress.
     “California’s 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,” Feuer said in a statement. “This conviction sends a strong message that this type of malicious behavior will not be tolerated.”
     About a year ago, Iniguez used a fake name to post a topless photograph of his victim on her employer’s Facebook page.
     According to lead prosecutor Deputy City Attorney Brad Pregerson, Iniguez called his ex-girlfriend “drunk” and a “slut” in the same posting and urged her employers to fire her.
     Earlier this year, a jury found Iniguez guilty of violating the revenge porn statute – as well as a restraining order – by posting the images and text. His victim had been granted a restraining order after Iniguez sent her several harassing text messages after their four-year relationship ended.
     Judge David Fields sentenced Iniguez to a year in jail and 36 months’ probation, and ordered him to attend domestic violence counseling. The judge also barred him from making contact with the victim.
     Iniguez was taken into custody today and will immediately begin his sentence, prosecutors said.
     Earlier this year, Sacramento lawmakers expanded the revenge porn law to include selfies. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in September.

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