Woman convicted of ‘revenge porn’ after sharing nude pics of another lady to prove her fiancé was cheating

A WOMAN has been convicted of ‘revenge porn’ after sharing racy nude pictures of another woman to prove her fiancé was cheating.

Bethany Austin, 43, was found guilty of the crime after sharing the images in a bid to defend her reputation after her ex called her “crazy”.

Bethany Austin has been convicted of revenge porn after spreading the images

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Bethany Austin has been convicted of revenge porn after spreading the imagesCredit: McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
Rychlik had allegedly called Austin 'crazy,' following her accusations of his cheating

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Rychlik had allegedly called Austin ‘crazy,’ following her accusations of his cheatingCredit: Getty

Austin split from her fiancé in 2016 after she saw explicit messages he was sent from another woman on their Apple iCloud account.

Her fiancé, Matthew Rychlik, denied having an affair after being confronted, which led to the couple breaking up and calling off the wedding.

The pair had been together for more than seven years, the Daily Mail reported.

Austin, of Island Lake in Illinois, shared a letter, as well as the inappropriate images, with friends and family after rumours of their break-up spread.

Rychlik had allegedly called Austin ‘crazy,’ following her accusations, which led her to show the photos – along with a four-page letter about what had happened – to family members and friends.

Austin admitted to sending the photos in the trial-by-judge last week.

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However, she said that she was not aware she had broken the law. 

“I decided to tell people the truth,” Austin said in Friday’s testimony, according to the Daily Herald. 

“I wanted them to know that I wasn’t crazy,” she said.

Rychlik discovered the letter and the photos soon after, and filed a report with the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Austin allegedly shared the images after her ex claimed she was "crazy" for accusing him of infidelity.

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Austin allegedly shared the images after her ex claimed she was “crazy” for accusing him of infidelity.Credit: iStock – Getty

The victim with whom Rychlik was allegedly involved with, told police the pictures were only intended to be seen by the man she sent them to.

However, Austin’s defense attorney argued that there was reasonable doubt as to who the person was in the photos that she had allegedly shared.

Austin had the fight to “defend her reputation” against her fiancé’s character assailing, he argued.

“The state apparently thinks that [Austin] has to sit by and not let anybody know what he was doing to her,” defense attorney Wayne Giampietro said during Monday’s closing arguments.

However, the judge ruled that Austin violated the anonymous woman’s expectation of privacy.

She could well have sent the letter without the illicit pictures, the judge said.

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“It is wrong because exposing a person’s body against her will fundamentally denies that person of their right to privacy” Circuit Judge Michael Coppedge said, according to reports from the Chicago Tribune.

A different judge had previously thrown out the charge against Austin in 2018 – with the claim that the state’s law criminalising the dissemination of private sexual images violates free-speech laws.

This decision was overruled later that year, before the case was brought back to the court.


View more information: https://www.the-sun.com/news/2785609/woman-racy-pics-cheating-revenge-porn-sexual-images-illinois/

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