CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw was arrested and charged with 50 counts of distributing revenge porn on Monday, Nov. 15, according to Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III.

Charging documents filed in the Dorchester County Circuit Court Monday morning, Nov. 15, allege that Bradshaw, 32, created multiple accounts on the public internet forum Reddit to post nude photographs of a person he previously had an intimate relationship with, identified in the document as Victim 1.

Bradshaw was reportedly released on his own recognizance Nov. 15. Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Letam Duson from the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor and Bradshaw’s defense attorney William Hall agreed to Bradshaw being released on his own recognizance during a bail review that afternoon.

As a special condition of his release, Bradshaw is barred from using any form of social media, but will have to allow state police and other designated individuals to have access to his devices and accounts as they continue their investigation. He also will have to check in with the county detention center at least once a week as part of his pretrial supervision.

Bradshaw’s arrest and subsequent charges are 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.

The charges stem from a complaint made in May by the woman identified as Victim 1, who was previously in an intimate romantic relationship with Bradshaw. She told police that she discovered nude photos of herself posted on Reddit beginning in April without her knowledge or consent.

According to the charging document, the Reddit photos of the victim contained racial slurs and sexually explicit language. The photos were posted by various accounts with usernames hinting at the name and birthdate of Victim 1 and were reposted to various “subreddits,” or topic-based forums, with content focused on sexual activity, humiliation, degradation, race and other related items.

The charging document also alleges that Bradshaw disseminated the images without the knowledge or consent of Victim 1 and with the intent to harm her.

“Using someone’s private images without their consent is a serious breach of trust and invasion of privacy, and the power and breadth of the internet makes such a violation even more egregious,” Howard said in a news release. “Our office is committed to protecting victims from those who abuse their positions of power and trust.”

Maryland law on revenge porn prohibits 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 the release.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years incarceration and a $5,000 fine.

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

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