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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hopewell Virginia Mother Facing Charges for Revenge Porn, But Is It?

 
Remember when the Revenge Porn Law was being proposed and debated? I do! 

Is it too vague and most likely unconstitutional? Yep! 

Is the below story/situation how the Virginia Legislators intended for the Revenge Porn law to be applied? Nope! 

Past Posts on the creation of Virginia’s Revenge Porn Law:
Mary Devoy
 
Hopewell mom tangled up in bizarre revenge porn case, May 18, 2015
By Curt Autry

If you click on the above link you can watch a 3:32 video report.
 

HOPEWELL, VA - A Hopewell mother faces charges of revenge porn, but it may not be what you think.

It seemed like a marriage made in heaven. Lindsey Reid had a good job as a paralegal, and two kids from a previous relationship. She was ready to move on and find someone strong and dedicated, to spend the rest of her life with. Donnie Reid seemed like the perfect fit.  A sergeant. in the Hopewell Police Department, Donnie is well respected in the community -- a decorated officer, and on the fast track to promotion.  
Somewhere along the way, though, Donnie and Lindsey were no more. She claims he was having a relationship with another woman,  a married woman we won't be identifying in this story. Someone sent Lindsey a link to an ad for a commercial porn site and told her to look at the still image and short video clip very closely, claiming the woman bears a striking resemblance to Donnie's new girlfriend. Lindsey clipped and pasted the picture and sent it to her husband along with an angry text, that reads in part:

 "I DO NOT think this is okay, and DO NOT want my son exposed to this!!!!!"

The "girlfriend" filed a police report, claiming she was the victim of revenge porn.  In her handwritten complaint, she admits that it appears to be her face, but claims the image and video clip have been Photoshopped.  Soon after that filing, Lindsey received a summons, claiming that she, "unlawfully, with intent to coerce, harass or  intimidate, maliciously disseminated an image that depicts another person who is totally nude."
Lindsey's attorney, Lee Kilduff of Richmond, does not believe a private text between husband and wife about the welfare of their child can possibly be a violation of the law. "She sends this pic to her husband saying, please, I don't think this is a good thing for my child to be around," said Kilduff.  "I don't think there's an intent to harass anybody - she's looking out for the welfare of her child."
Lindsey did not want to speak on camera. Repeated calls to Danny Reid's attorney for comment went unanswered. The first hearing in this revenge porn case is scheduled in June.