UCF student accused in 'revenge porn' case

Campus police: Student got mad at ex-girlfriend, posted nude photos of her online

Author: Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 07 2014 10:57:53 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 08 2014 04:54:51 PM EST
Sean Shahid
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A University of Central Florida student was arrested after being connected to a case of suspected "revenge porn."

Campus police said 20-year-old Sean Shahid got mad at an ex-girlfriend, who talked to officers about a separate case involving him, then posted nude pictures of her online.

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Shahid is now in jail, charged with stalking and tampering with a witness. However, he's not be charged with posting the pictures because it's not considered illegal to do so in Florida.

"I couldn't even imagine what she's going through," said UCF student Viviana Sepulvda. "It's just wrong to do."

According to his arrest affidavit, Shahid's ex-girlfriend was interviewed as a witness for a car burglary Shahid may have been involved in. She said he threatened to post pictures and video if she ratted him out.

After Shahid was contacted by police, explicit pictures quickly turned up on Twitter and Instagram.

UCF student Jaclyn Brennan said she's had friends who've had similar experiences.

"It happens a lot, I'm not surprised. It happened a lot in high school," said Brennan. "People would post things and make pages and post all the pics."

Posting so-called "revenge porn" isn't illegal in Florida, meaning nude photos can be posted without consent and with intent to harass someone.

State Sen. David Simmons wants to make revenge porn a third-degree felony.

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"Women's lives have been destroyed, or nearly destroyed, let's look at it that way," Simmons told Local 6. "It's for the purpose of embarrassment and we need to make sure there's a law to deal with that."

Shahid was finally caught after the ex-girlfriend took screenshots of the explicit photos and turned them over to police.

"Revenge porn" is legal in every state except California and New Jersey. Experts said a major challenge to making it a crime in Florida is freedom of speech, because images, including explicit ones, are forms of expression.

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