Trial to start soon in one of Wisconsin’s first ‘revenge porn’ cases; outlawed in April

Jan 3, 2015
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Trial to start soon in one of Wisconsin's first 'revenge porn' cases; outlawed in April

MILWAUKEE — One of the first so-called revenge porn cases in Wisconsin is heading to trial.

The trial for Keslin Jean Jacques, a Milwaukee man who posted nude and seminude photos of his ex-girlfriend on the Internet after a breakup, is scheduled to begin Wednesday. Jean Jacques, 31, was charged in April for publishing a sexually explicit image without consent.

It was one of the first such cases in Wisconsin after Gov. Scott Walker signed a new law banning the practice, joining more than a dozen other states with similar laws on the books, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed a bill making the practice a felony. Some states that passed restrictions have run into First Amendment concerns.

“Revenge porn” happens when someone posts intimate photos or videos of a former significant other, often with contact information, after a breakup.

Jean Jacques taunted his ex-girlfriend, saying she couldn’t stop him from posting the photos because the governor hadn’t yet signed the bill. But Walker had signed it 12 days earlier.

If convicted, Jean Jacques faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The Associated Press

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