Cambridge Maryland Mayor Arrested for Distributing Revenge Porn

Andrew Bradshaw, the mayor of Cambridge, Md., was arrested and charged with 50 counts of sharing revenge porn.

According to state prosecutors, Bradshaw had posted images of his former partner without her consent in April and May on Reddit using several usernames featuring the victim’s name and birth date.

Maryland’s Revenge Porn Statute states that “the nonconsensual distribution of a private visual representation of another which exposes their intimate body parts or displays them engaged in sexual activity, with the intent to harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the person depicted,” is considered a crime. 

After the victim saw the photos, she contacted authorities and said that she did not post the photos and that only Bradshaw had them.

Investigators later discovered that the posts came from an IP address that provided internet service to Bradshaw’s residence. 

“Using someone’s private images without their consent is a serious breach of trust and invasion of privacy, and the power and breadth of the internet makes such a violation even more egregious,” State Prosecutor Charlton Howard.

Bradshaw was later released and is still the Cambridge Mayor but could still face a maximum penalty of 100 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted on all counts.

Bradshaw has not yet made a statement but his lawyer Michael Belsky defended that the allegations were a private matter and would not affect his duties. 

“The City is aware of the matter involving the Mayor.  The City is currently gathering information and will cooperate fully with the Maryland State Police and the Office of the State Prosecutor.  As the City has a Council-Manager form of municipal government whereby the City Manager serves as the chief executive officer of the City and the head of its administrative branch, the business of the City is unaffected.  As this is an active legal matter, no further comments will be made at this time,” said the Cambridge town page. 


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