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Authorities arrest Maryland mayor on charges of distributing at least 50 images of revenge porn

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Police arrested Andrew Bradshaw — Mayor of Cambridge, Maryland — on Monday and charged him with 50 counts of distributing revenge pornography.

WBAL-TV reported that the state's Revenge Porn Statute "prohibits the nonconsensual distribution of a private visual representation of another which exposes their intimate body parts or displays them engaged in sexual activity, with the intent to harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the person depicted."

What are the details?

Charging documents, which were filed in the Dorchester County Circuit Court on Monday morning, alleged that Bradshaw "created multiple accounts on the public internet forum Reddit" in order to share nude photographs of a person with whom he had previously engaged in a sexual relationship.

WJZ-TV reported that Bradshaw is accused of publishing the name and birthdate of the victim and shared the photos to forums "related to sex, humiliation, degradation, and race."

The charging document further alleged that Bradshaw digitally shared the images without the knowledge or consent of his purported victim and with the intent to harm her.

According to a report from MyEasternShoreMD, Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard said that his office is dedicated to the victims of those people who abuse positions of power.

Howard said that Bradshaw is accused of sharing the photos of the unnamed victim, captioned with "racial slurs and sexually explicit language."

"Using someone's private images without their consent is a serious breach of trust and invasion of privacy, and the power and breadth of the internet makes such a violation even more egregious," Howard said in a release on Bradshaw's arrest. "Our office is committed to protecting victims from those who abuse their positions of power and trust."

If convicted on all charges, Bradshaw could face a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment and a $5,000 fine for each count of distributing revenge pornography.

The City of Cambridge's website states that Bradshaw — a lifelong resident of the area — took office in January, making him the youngest mayor in the city's history.

He is said to live in the city with his partner, Natalee Tubman, and their two dogs, Stella and Barren.

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