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Howell Woman Arrested for Posting Nude Photos of Ex-Boyfriend on Internet – Was Ex’s Privacy Invaded? [POLL]

Erica Capasso of Howell / Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Erica Capasso of Howell / Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office

In a recent episode of “The Newsroom”, the character Sloan Sabbith, played by Olivia Munn, is devastated when nude pictures of her appear on a “revenge porn” website.

Taken to task by the CEO of her network, at first she claims the pictures were doctored, but then admits that they were of her.

Her boss then gives her news she doesn’t want to hear: that in giving her ex the camera with which to take photos of her, the pictures are his property – and thus, there’s nothing she can do to have them taken down. Her privacy therefore was not invaded since she gave permission for the photos to be taken in the first place.

That’s what made me wonder as to whether or not there was a similarity with the following case:

According to this:

Erica Capasso of Howell was charged Friday with invasion of privacy and bias crimes after posting nude images of her ex-boyfriend on the Internet, along with making racially charged and threatening remarks, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Capasso, 26, was taken into custody by members of the prosecutor’s office’s High Tech Crime Unit on Friday afternoon, according to a statement by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

The unit, with assistance from prosecutor’s Detective Lindsay Fortier-Llauget, arrested Capasso at her workplace in Howell, Coronato said. The arrest ended a seven-month investigation, which was conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office because the ex-boyfriend lived in Ocean County.

Investigators say Capasso posted the racially charged and threatening remarks on the Internet “in order to intimidate her former boyfriend,” according to Coronato’s statement.
Capasso is charged with one count of third-degree invasion of privacy and one count of second-degree bias crimes.

Charges were signed by Detective John Dotto of the Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit and approved by Assistant Prosecutor Hillary Bryce.

Bail was set at $15,000 with no 10 percent by Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson in Ocean County. Capasso was sent to the Ocean County jail in Toms River in default of bail, authorities said.

What I find interesting is not so much the bias intimidation charge; but the invasion of privacy for having posted the nude pictures of her ex-boyfriend.

Unless she took the pictures of her ex without his knowledge – is it a true “invasion of privacy” if he indeed shed his clothes for the camera?

And while he may not have had any intention of having his pictures posted on the web for all to see, once those pictures are taken with his knowledge and mutual consent – out goes “invasion of privacy” – or so it would seem.

What say you? Should you be held responsible if you post nude photos of your ex on the internet? And should there be a law here in NJ outlawing revenge porn?

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