For some, the term “revenge porn” might conjure scenes from the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo, as it is a story that allows people to vicariously enjoy the delights of well-planned revenge. However, revenge porn actually involves someone sharing (or threatening to share) intimate, nude or sexual photographs or images of another person without their consent. 

Many times, the person and that the images or videos consented to the creation of the images. They may have even sent the video or picture to their romantic or sexual partner. However, if they did not consent to the dissemination of the images, someone who shares those intimate photos or videos could face serious criminal charges under Missouri law.

The state calls revenge porn “non-consensual dissemination”

With the rise of digital culture, the sharing of nude or sexual images and videos have become commonplace both during digital dating and committed relationships. People who can’t physically be together can still share intimate moments, thanks to the availability of mobile technology. 

Unfortunately, some people have abused the trust that others place in them by sharing or allowing the creation of intimate videos or photos. They may upload the photos online or share them via text message with friends. Often, people do this after the end of a relationship. 

Someone who actually uploads or shares intimate images of someone else without their consent will face class D felony charges. Someone who threatens another person with the non-consensual sharing of images will face a class E felony charge under Missouri law.

If you’re facing charges due to allegations that you shared sexually explicit images of someone without their permission, find out more about your available defenses.