Maryland bans ‘revenge porn’ after mayor accused of posting intimate images online

Maryland has banned “revenge porn” after a mayor was charged with making criminal posts online of her husband and children after the couple separated.

Posting intimate photographs and videos without the permission of the person seen in them violates a Maryland law.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces 12 charges including assault, creating false public records and harassment, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Her lawyer, who released a statement on Wednesday calling for her to be absolved of all charges, told the Sun the mayor was targeted for seeking help following the separation.

“The law was designed to protect privacy rights,” Craig Coblentz said. “We believe that it was placed in place for unfortunate and indeed unfair purposes.”

A similar law enacted in Alabama in 2017 against individuals who post explicit images online is proving a hot topic in that state.

Democrat Eric Maxwell, who won a seat in the state legislature on Tuesday, supports the act that bans “revenge porn”.

He tells the AL.com he spent a portion of the night after the election chatting with his mother, both of whom supported the new law.

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