What is nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images?

On Behalf of | Sep 4, 2020 | Firm News

The law has a variety of different crimes that you would call sexual crimes. Each one addresses a specific situation and assigns proper punishment.

If you face a sex crime, it is essential that you understand the exact charge because they are all different in how you should approach your defense. Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, according to the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, is when you intentionally spread a photo of someone else who is nude in part or full or who is taking part in a sexual act or sexual behavior.


You could face this charge if you do it with intent to cause some harm to the person in the photo. You could do it to threaten the person or harass him or her. In addition, if you try to use it as blackmail, you also would commit this crime.

You must be at least 18 to face this charge and know that the person in the image did not give his or her content to you to distribute the photo. It is also important that you got the photo in a way that it was obvious you should not share it with others.

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This crime is a felony charge. You also could face a civil lawsuit by the person in the photo. The person has the right to sue you for up to $10,000 or for actual expenses he or she incurs as a result of you sharing the photo. You also may have to pay for his or her attorney fees. The burden of proof in such a civil case is low and the person only has to show you embarrassed him or her.