First conviction under Oregon’s revenge porn law

A 31-year-old man was the first person prosecuted and sentenced Thursday under Oregon’s new revenge porn law.

As reported by KOIN 6 News, Benjamin J. Barber was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for five counts of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image, Oregon’s new revenge porn law.

In July, Barber was arrested for posting several pornographic videos of himself and a person in which he had a prior intimate relationship with. When the relationship ended, Barber posted the videos on several websites without his former partner’s permission.

However, Barber told KOIN 6 News the videos were copyrighted porn videos, and he has the right to post them wherever he wants.

Despite his claims, Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office explained the law further that led to Barber’s conviction.

“If you use the internet with the intent to harass or embarrass or basically demand someone, and there is sexually explicit material, and you can identify the other person who has not given their consent, that’s essentially the threshold,” Ray said. “If a person does that, they are essentially violating the law — even just posting it on Facebook and being consensual.”