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Murray Co. man charged in revenge porn case

Agents arrested Roman Poston on Sunday and charged him with theft by taking. (Images: Murray County Sheriff's Dept. / MGN-Pixabay)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged a Murray County man with a misdemeanor, after they say he posted explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend on the internet. Agents arrested Roman Posten Sunday. Under a 2014 Georgia law, it is illegal to post sexually explicit photos of someone without their consent.

The GBI says the agency learned about the photos, after the victim told Murray County Sheriff's deputies Roman Posten stole a watch and money from her house. According to the police report, the victim also told investigators her aunt sent her the link to a website with nude photos of herself on it. The victim told deputies Posten recently uploaded them.

Posten is the son of Murray County District Attorney Bert Posten. The GBI says the Georgia State Attorney's Office will appoint a DA from another district to handle the case. DA Posten told us via email, "Roman turned himself in after meeting with the GBI. He has cooperated and is taking responsibility for his actions. I contacted the Attorney General's office a couple of weeks ago to conflict my office out of the prosecution."

Roman Posten is now out of the Murray County Jail on bond. The GBI says the photos have been removed from the website.

Today, the victim talked to NewsChannel 9. We are not revealing her identity.

"I pretty much felt like my life was ruined," the victim told us.

After two years together she says she she didn't expect Roman Posten would ever be accused of posting her private photos online.

"That's embarrassing. Plus I have two children. So that just made it even worse."

The website the victim's pictures were on focuses on pictures of ex partners. Under the terms of agreement, it says the submitter agrees they have the signed written consent of each identifiable person in the pictures.

"Very violated. Because they weren't for no body else at the time but him and myself."

Bergen Aldahir helps victims at the Parnership for Children, Familes and Adults. While Posten has only been charged at this point, Aldahir says this accusation isn't unusual.

"It's pretty prevalent," sad Bergen Aldahir.

According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 37 states and DC have laws similar to the one Posten was charged under. Last year, a similar law was passed in Tennessee, making it illegal for people to distribute intimate pictures of an identifiable person with the intent to cause emotional distress.

With that accused action now a criminal offense, Aldahir says, behavior may start to change.

"It's awareness," said Aldahir. "It's a sexual attitude change. Saying we don't support this, this is not ok. This is not the victim's fault."

With the pictures removed - the victim says - she's ready to move forward.

"I will never send another picture like that, take a picture - nothing. Never. I would advise nobody to do it. Because you never know what's gonna happen."


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