CAMBRIDGE —A statement from Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw’s attorney indicates the mayor doesn’t want to step down from his position following his arrest and allegations of distributing revenge porn.

Michael Belsky, an attorney for Bradshaw, said the allegations against his client involve “private matters that are unfortunately playing themselves out in a public forum.”

“Nothing about the allegations in any way affect Mayor Bradshaw’s desire and intent to continue to lead all the citizens of Cambridge,” Belsky said, the same statement he gave to The New York Times.

Bradshaw, 32, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 15, after a criminal information charging him with 50 counts of distribution of revenge porn was filed in the Dorchester County Circuit Court. He was released on his own recognizance just a few hours after his arrest.

The charges stem from a complaint made in May 2021 by a woman who was previously in a relationship with Bradshaw. The alleged victim told police that she discovered nude photos of herself posted on Reddit without her knowledge or consent.

The Reddit photos of the alleged victim contained racial slurs and sexually explicit language. The photos were posted by multiple accounts with various usernames hinting at the name and birthdate of the victim.

Photos were reposted to various subreddits named “HumiliatingComments,” “DegradeThisPig,” “DegradedCaptions,” “Slut” and “needysluts,” according to the charging document. Some post titles also referred to the victim’s weight.

Police were able to trace the Reddit account activity via IP address to Bradshaw’s address in Cambridge.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine. If Bradshaw was found guilty of every count and ordered to serve consecutive sentences, he could be facing up to 100 years in jail and $250,000 in fines.

During his bail review Monday afternoon, Bradshaw was ordered to not use any form of social media after his release. However, he will have to allow state police and other designated individuals to have access to his devices and accounts as they continue their investigation.

Bradshaw is also required to check in with the county detention center at least once a week as part of his pretrial supervision.

A statement issued by Cambridge City Council President Lajan Cephas on Nov. 15 said the city is aware of the matter involving the mayor and will fully cooperate with officials investigating the case.

Cambridge has a council-manager form of municipal government — meaning the city manager serves as the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch. The business of the city is unaffected by the matter.

The city council members had no additional comments following their statement due to the active legal situation unfolding.

Maryland laws on revenge porn prohibit the nonconsensual distribution of a private visual representation of another which exposes their intimate body parts or displays them engaged in sexual activity, with the intent to harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the person depicted, according to a release from the Office of the State Prosecutor.

A scheduling conference for future hearing and trial dates will be held Dec. 6 in Dorchester Circuit Court.

Bradshaw’s arrest and subsequent charges are new updates to a story that began three months ago when a search and seizure warrant was executed on the mayor’s home and offices in city hall on Aug. 4.

Bradshaw took office as the mayor of Cambridge in January 2021, making history as the city’s youngest mayor.

Natalie Jones is a reporter at The Star Democrat in Easton covering crime, health, education and Talbot County Council. You can reach her with questions, comments or tips at njones@chespub.com.

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