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'Revenge porn' sends Calif. man to jail

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-02 18:44:15-05

A California man was sentenced to a year in jail after posting nude pictures of an ex-girlfriend online against her wishes.

It is the first conviction under California's new "revenge porn" law.

"This conviction sends a strong message that this type of malicious behavior will not be tolerated," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer in a press release.

Over several months in 2013 and 2014, Noe Iniguez, 36, posted derogatory messages and nude photos on the public Facebook page of his ex-girlfriend's employer. Using an alias, he called her a "drunk" and a "slut" and encouraged the company to fire her.

About 1 in 6 Americans aged 25 to 34 have sent a sexual photo of themselves using a cell phone, according to Pew Research. Until recently there was little to stop an angry ex-lover from airing those images in public.

In most states, there is still little recourse. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 states have revenge porn laws. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., has pushed for a federal law.

On top of a year in jail, Iniguez was sentenced to three years probation and must attend domestic violence counseling. He was also found guilty of violating a restraining order.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on twitter at @GavinStern or email him at gavin.stern@scripps.com.