Conviction is Oregon’s first in new revenge porn law

Oregon gives first revenge porn sentencing via USA TODAY

Benjamin Barber, 31, of Washington County, Oregon, was convicted last Friday for violating the state’s revenge porn law and failed to show up to Washington County Jail by 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. His six month-long sentence (and five year probation) was handed down as a result of his conviction for the distribution and dissemination of sexually explicit materials involving his ex-girlfriend without her consent.

These acts became illegal in early 2016 due to the activism of Sophia Adams who was targeted by an ex-boyfriend three years ago in much the same way Benjamin Barber targeted his ex but was unable to avail herself of legal protection due to the absence of a revenge porn law. “I mean that’s private, why should you be allowed to take someone’s private photos and expose them negatively,” she said in 2014. Benjamin Barber uploaded pornographic videos of himself and the woman to different website after the relationship failed. This is the state of Oregon’s first prosecution and conviction under it’s unlawful dissemination of an intimate image statute. His failure to show up for jail on Friday has led to a warrant being issued for his arrest.

[KCBY]