You could face charges for sharing your ex’s sexy pictures

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Most of the time, when someone gives you a gift, it is your property. You can do whatever you want with that possession. However, when someone allows you to take a picture or video of them in an intimate scenario or sends you such a picture, you don’t necessarily own that digital image in the sense that you can do whatever you want with it. 

Since they shared it with you, you might think that you could post it online to show other people or forward it to your friends. However, if you circulate private images that involve nudity or sexual activity without the permission of the other party, you can face criminal charges. 

Connecticut penalizes non-consensual image distribution

The internet has made it very easy for people to share things that should be private, and lawmakers have had to adjust to these changes. In Connecticut, sharing those pictures might lead to a Class A misdemeanor offense, which might mean up to a year in state custody and as much as $2,000 in fines. 

Distributing someone’s picture without their consent is an activity that some people call revenge porn. There have been bad actors who have intentionally released videos or images of their prior or current partners online or to members of their community to cause damage to that person’s reputation or self-esteem. 

Even if your intention had nothing to do with harming the other party, you could face charges if you share private images or videos with another person without the explicit consent of any of the people involved in those images. Learning about the different sex crimes prosecuted in Connecticut can help you avoid an unintentional violation of the law.

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