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Police: Revenge porn-related arrests on the rise in Memphis

A detective with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s sex crimes unit says the department is increasingly dealing with revenge porn allegations. While some people might think of revenge porn as a form of justice for a former lover, law enforcement does not take a similar view.

The detective said that while people might be fascinated with sex tapes and explicit photos, uploading these items without the other person’s consent can result in very serious sex crimes charges. “I cannot count the number of cases we investigate weekly,” the detective told a local news reporter.

The officer said in some cases, violations can be committed by teenagers who don’t realize that posting explicit videos or photos of other teens can lead to criminal charges, including the distribution of child pornography. “It’s a very serious crime,” the detective told Channel 3 News. She added that there are “long-term consequences” for both victims and offenders. “This is not anything that’s funny,” she said.

The station also reported that a 32-year-old Memphis man is facing criminal charges related to revenge porn after a woman accused him of uploading a video of her engaged in sex to a pornography site. He allegedly included her name, phone number and address in the post, as well as a claim that she performs sex acts for $10.

The woman said the video was recorded and uploaded without her knowledge.

The man has been accused of photographing without consent. He was reportedly arrested three years ago after allegedly posting to Facebook a sex video of the same woman. Those charges were dismissed.

About a week ago, a Lakeland woman was charged with unlawful exposure for allegedly posting explicit photos of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend.

People facing sex crimes allegations can speak with a criminal defense attorney experienced in protecting rights and freedom.

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