What to do if someone is threatening to exploit me?

My ex is threatening to post my nude pictures all over the internet. They were taken when I was underage (17) and he was legal (19). If he posts those pictures, am I able to charge him for child pronography and defamation of character? I’m running out of time. If I make him wait too long, he’ll do it anyway.

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The internet is a a very scary place and is both a blessing and a curse.  There is not time here for moral lessons and unfortunately for you your area learning one the hard way.  You are quite correct that if he does indeed post pictures of you when you were a minor he can in fact be prosecuted under child pornography / endangering the welfare of a minor laws.  Any and all.  Let him know that if he posts them - actually even if he sends them to just one person - you will pursue the matter with the police and District Attorney to make sure that he is convicted of some law that deals with these matters and push until he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.  Then seek help about a civil suit.  Good luck.


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