Sicko: How a small-town Mayor, used Reddit to spread ‘revenge porn’ of his ex girlfriend

Mayor of Cambridge, Maryland Andrew Bradshaw

Andrew Bradshaw 

A Maryland mayor has been arrested and charged with 50 counts of distributing “revenge porn” after being accused of posting nude photos of someone without their consent to Reddit, according to prosecutors.

In a statement issued on Monday, Maryland’s state prosecutor announced the charges, which stemmed from Reddit accounts that Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is suspected of making to post images of a woman with whom he “had a past romantic relationship.” 

According to the prosecutor’s office, the 32-year-old Bradshaw, a Republican elected in 2020, created several accounts using usernames that were variations on the victim’s name and birth date and then used those accounts to post nude photographs of her “captioned with racial slurs and sexually explicit language.”

Prosecutors say the images were published on various Reddit forums related to race, sexual activity and humiliation.

The charging documents allege that Bradshaw “disseminated the images without the knowledge or consent of VICTIM-1, and with the intent to harm her.” The documents add that the images show the victim with “intimate parts exposed.”

Maryland’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.”

If convicted of the charges, Bradshaw would face a maximum penalty of two years’ incarceration and a $5,000 fine for each count, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“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,” State Prosecutor Charlton Howard said in the statement announcing the charges. “Our office is committed to protecting victims from those who abuse their positions of power and trust.”

According to the charging documents, the victim contacted law enforcement in May, after discovering the photos of herself on Reddit. The images, she said, had been sent to Bradshaw while the two were in an intimate relationship and were later “posted without her knowledge or consent.” Upon investigating the posts, law enforcement discovered the IP address used to share the photos was based at Bradshaw’s home, prosecutors say. The Reddit posts allegedly made by Bradshaw were published in April and May.

Bradshaw was arrested Monday and released on his own recognizance after his initial court appearance, Howard, the state prosecutor, told NBC News. NBC reports that the mayor now must abide by court-imposed restrictions and cannot contact the woman in the case. Meanwhile, the city of Cambridge said in a notice on its website that is aware of the situation and is cooperating with the Maryland State Police and prosecutors.

“As the City has a Council-Manager form of municipal government whereby the City Manager serves as the chief executive officer of the City and the head of its administrative branch, the business of the City is unaffected,” the statement read. “As this is an active legal matter, no further comments will be made at this time.”

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