Photo allegedly posted on Facebook leads to chargesGrand Forks County prosecutors have charged two people for allegedly posting a nude photo of a couple on Facebook.
By: By Archie Ingersoll, Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks County prosecutors have charged two people for allegedly posting a nude photo of a couple on Facebook.
Jeffrey Keogh-Whetung and Brittany Lee, who are both 23, each face a misdemeanor charge of disseminating a sexual image. They’ve pleaded not guilty and are set for pretrial hearings April 21.
According to a police report, the photo showed Lee’s ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend naked.
The report says Keogh-Whetung and Lee used Keogh-Whetung’s account about 3 a.m. Nov. 27 to post the photo on the Facebook wall of Lee’s ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, and it remained there “for a while for all her friends and family to see.”
Lee’s ex-boyfriend complained to Facebook, a social-networking website, about the photo, and it was taken down, the report states.
The report says Lee’s ex-boyfriend, who reported the alleged incident to police, told an investigator that Lee got the photo from his computer without permission.
Lee told police her ex-boyfriend gave her the photo. She acknowledged sending the photo to Keogh-Whetung but denied putting it on Facebook, the report says.
Keogh-Whetung, Grand Forks, told police he recalled being with Lee at some point that night but was too intoxicated to remember anything else.
Lee, an airman stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for allegedly keying her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle the same day, causing about $1,000 in damage.
Assistant State’s Attorney Meredith Larson, who’s handling the case, said North Dakota’s law against disseminating a sexual image was passed in 2009 in response to incidents of people using cell phones and other electronics to distribute sexual photos, also known as “sexting.” She said this is the first time she’s charged anyone with breaking the law.
Larson said this case demonstrates why people should not allow someone to take nude photos of them. “You never know how long they’ll retain possession of those photographs and what they’ll do with them,” she said.
Archie Ingersoll is a reporter at the Grand Forks herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.