Colorado

Jul 1, 2014 8:38 PM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Revenge porn laws go into effect in Colorado

A News 5 investigation leads to changes in state law.

The distributions of what's referred to on the streets as "revenge porn" is now illegal.

This type of pornography grew in popularity over the past three years and involves embarrassing your ex-lover by posting private images of one another online and making a profit in the process. It's ruined lives and forced some people, especially women into hiding.

"I worry everyday whether somebody on the street has seen me online and I can't even look people in the eye because I don't know who has seen me," one victim said.

"Emma" is still living in embarrassment and had her pictures uploaded on one of the largest revenge porn sites in the U.S., which just so happened to be operating in Colorado Springs.

"I'm very surprised this type of site is here in Colorado," attorney Gordon Vaughan said. "These were images that were intended for private use between two people in a relationship. There was never any intent for those images to find their way onto the internet."

Craig Brittain, a former revenge porn site owner, said the women he had on his site willingly sent pictures or in many cases, were uploaded by ex-lovers who exchanged private pictures prior to breaking up.

This legislative session, lawmakers agreed posting explicit pictures online without a person's permission is illegal. Anyone caught doing so could face fines up to $10,000.

However, investigators admit in can be a challenge to crack down on revenge porn sites.

"One of the issues that you have to deal with is finding out where the site is located," Det. Mark Pfoff said. "If it's not here (in Colorado), then it's hard to go after someone who is in another country."

Brittain's web site was local, but he was able to slide under the radar because just days before legislation was drafted to make revenge porn illegal, he took down the site.


Colorado was one of two dozen states that considered bills to make revenge porn illegal.

 

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