Virginia woman faces one year in prison after conviction under new 'revenge porn' law

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By RYAN GORMAN

A Virginia woman is the first to be convicted under the state's new revenge pornography law.

Rachel Craig, 28, from Waynesboro, was found guilty last week of stealing a nude picture of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend and posting it online.

The "Unlawful Dissemination or Sale of Images of Another" law was enacted this summer. Its passage made posting online naked pictures or videos of other people without permission a crime.

Craig admitted stealing the picture from a 22-year-old woman's phone and posting it to Facebook, police told WVIR.

The act was considered a crime because of the harm caused when others saw it, according to the station.

Police told WVIR it was a hard case to prove.

"That was one thing we really had to establish," said Waynesboro Police Sergeant Brian Edwards. "What was the intent of Ms. Craig for posting this?

"She considered the victim a romantic rival for this one individual's affections and she said that she did it out of anger."

A jury found Craig guilty of the Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Craig posted to Facebook last month: "I wish you could fall outta [sic] love with someone as fast as u [sic] fell in love with them."

She is very active on Facebook, making several post a day, and appears to have a couple children, based on pictures posted to her profile.

Alaska, California, Idaho, New Jersey, Texas and Utah all have similar laws banning revenge porn.

The scorned woman faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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