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“Revenge Porn” In Colleton County

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|| By FITSNEWS || A former deputy in Colleton County, S.C. has been arrested and charged with transmitting obscene messages without the consent of recipients.

What did 34-year-old Michael J. Wiegand do?

According to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), he sent nude images of his ex-girlfriend to her parents and multiple local law enforcement agencies – all part of his plan to get back at her for allegedly cheating on him.

Wait … to her parents?

Messed up.

Wiegand has already lost his job with Colleton County (where he worked for the last nine years), but he could face up to three years in prison for his stunt.

Really?

This website has repeatedly written against laws seeking to outlaw “revenge porn.”

“Unlike a lot of porn floating around the world wide web “revenge porn” is generally obtained with consent. Willing consent,” we wrote back in 2013. “And this process generally doesn’t involve any legally binding prohibitions against the future dissemination of said material.”

Again, this is simple: If you don’t want your junk out there … don’t put your junk out there.

It goes without saying no one should ever be forced to accept illicit images without consent, but sending someone to jail for three years for such an offense strikes us as excessive.

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