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Upstate South Carolina Mayor At Heart Of Alleged ‘Revenge Porn’ Scandal

Belton, S.C. mayor vows to lead effort to criminalize such behavior …

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The mayor of Belton, South Carolina – a town of approximately 4,400 people located in Anderson county – is at the heart of an alleged “revenge porn” scandal, according to her hometown paper. And state law enforcement agents are investigating the case to determine whether a crime was committed …

According to this week’s editions of The Belton/ Honea Path News Chronicle – Belton mayor Tiffany Ownbey appeared in an undated “pornographic video” with another man.

“The man is apparently videotaping the incident while having sex,” the paper reported. “Apparently, (the) man attempted to blackmail the mayor.”

Ownbey took the matter to Belton, S.C. police chief Robert W. Young, Jr. – who in turn referred it to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). According to reporters Nikie Mayo and Kirk Brown of The Greenville News, SLED has opened an investigation into a “compromising video” of a “sensitive nature” that was allegedly posted to social media without Ownbey’s consent.

According to a statement issued on Thursday from Ownbey’s attorney, Druanne White, one of the mayor’s former boyfriends “secretly videotaped a private intimate encounter on his cell phone without Tiffany’s consent.”

“This same man later admitted to Tiffany that he had secretly recorded her,” White’s statement continued. “He threatened to publicly distribute the recording if she broke up with him. Tiffany informed him that she would press charges if he did so.”

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(Via: Belton Mayor’s Office)

According to White, Ownbey (above) has had no contact with the man for several years – but after she was elected mayor “she began hearing rumors that the recording might be released.”

Ownbey, 34, became the first female to be elected mayor in Belton’s 164-year history when she defeated incumbent Wendell Page last November.

“Tiffany immediately requested a SLED investigation, even thought she knew that such an investigation would subject her to a great deal of adverse publicity,” White said. “She refused to tacitly condone the man’s repugnant behavior by remaining silent. She realized that, as a female leader, she had to stand firm against this kind of conduct so that other females would see her example and fight back.”

In a statement posted to her Facebook page, Ownbey said it was time for South Carolina to pass a revenge porn law – one “with tough penalties.”

“If it happened to me it can happen to ANY female,” she wrote. “If YOU have been a victim of or threatened with blackmail and ‘revenge porn,’ don’t remain silent. You are not alone.”

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