Roseville man facing ‘revenge porn’ charges

By: Brendan Losinski | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 24, 2021

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FRASER — A Roseville man is facing “revenge porn” charges following allegations that he harassed his ex-wife by spreading illicit photos of her.

Fraser police began their investigation July 2 after speaking with the woman. She reportedly told investigators that 20-30 illicit photos of her were scattered on her and her neighbor’s front lawns, as well as in the parking lot of her workplace and her boyfriend’s workplace. She told the police that the only person in possession of the photos was the suspect, who is her ex-husband.

She further told police that he had threatened to distribute the photos on several occasions while disputing the custody of their son following their divorce two years prior. Detectives from the Fraser Public Safety Department conducted an investigation July 7 and searched the ex-husband’s home, where they said corroborating evidence was found, including additional photos that they said he was prepared to distribute.

“The ex-husband confessed to detectives his role in the distribution of the illicit photos of his ex-wife and further advised (them) of other locations where photos were distributed because he knew his ex-wife and her current boyfriend frequent those locations,” Fraser Sgt. Ben Hoppe explained in an email. “The ex-husband felt ‘justified’ in distributing the photos because of allegations of an affair that he alleged his ex-wife had while they were still married.”

The Roseville man is facing stalking and revenge porn charges. Michigan’s stalking law carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. A violator can be put on probation for up to five years. Violation of Michigan’s revenge porn law is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than 93 days in jail and a fine of not more than $500.

The identities of both the suspect and the victim were not disclosed to protect the well-being of the victim.

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