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Man claims ex-girlfriend posted 'revenge porn' on YouTube

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro man claims his ex-girlfriend stole his phone, and then posted sexually explicit photos and videos of him online.

The act, often referred to as "revenge porn", was outlawed in Arkansas in 2015.

"To my knowledge, in our district, we haven't had a case like this," Scott Ellington said.

Ellington, who serves as prosecuting attorney for the 2nd Judicial District, told Region 8 News that the law spells out when sexually explicit photos or videos online become "revenge porn".

"It was enacted to prevent one party from publishing over social media or anything over the computer any pictures of nudity or sexual acts for the purpose of terrorizing, threatening, or harassing another individual," Ellington said.

According to an incident report with the Jonesboro Police Department, the victim said he found the sexually explicit videos of himself online days after his ex-girlfriend stole his phone.

Though she returned the phone, he said that she "rebooted his phone" resulting in a lot of lost information.

It wasn't until days later that he found out about the sexually explicit videos of him posted on YouTube.

The victim told police his the woman messaged him about the videos. Shortly after that, other friends began contacting him about them too.

The victim said he did not have a YouTube account and didn't know how to get the videos removed from there.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said even if both parties originally consented to creating the video or picture, if they are later posted online with the intent to harass, threaten or abuse another person, it's against the law.

"What happens sometimes is a couple will produce their own video but then after they break up, it would be published by one party or the other," Ellington said.

Ellington said that's why it's a good idea to never produce or send such photos or videos to begin with.

"It certainly can be transferred as easy as a button on a phone or a click of a mouse on a computer," Ellington said. "It takes just one bad decision to send that forward and then once it's shared to one person, you can't get it back. They can disseminate it to hundreds or thousands of people."

The victim said he saved text messages from his ex where she explains what she did.

The victim does have the option to file an affidavit against his ex.

Region 8 News will not be releasing the names of anyone involved in the police report, nor where the video can be found.

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