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Cop sued over revenge porn by woman he met working a similar case

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, May 30, 2013 15:39 EDT
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Rebekah Wells, who claims a police officer threatened her with revenge porn. Photo: Screenshot via Florida's NBC 2.
 
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A police officer who investigated a Florida woman’s revenge porn case is facing a request for a restraining order filed this week that claims he also took pornographic images of the woman and later threatened to release them online.

Rebekah Wells first encountered the phenomenon of “revenge porn” in 2010 when an ex-boyfriend published several intimate photos of her to a website, according to Florida-based NBC 2.

She reported the incident to the police in Naples, Florida in November that year, and said at the time Deputy Vito Celiberte seemed happy to help her. The two became involved a year later, then Wells says that even more photos were taken in May of 2012, this time by her new boyfriend.

In other words: “It’s my understanding he’s in possession not only the original pornographic images, but he also himself took pornographic images of Miss Wells,” attorney Patrick McGeehan explained to NBC 2.

“We want to get those photos out of his possession or get them destroyed where they can not be distributed,” he told Florida’s Fox 4.

In an essay shared by advocacy group Women Against Revenge Porn, Wells wrote: “I am victimized every time someone types my name into the computer. The crime scene is right before everyone’s eyes, played out again and again, and, ironically, I am treated as if I am the one who has committed the crime. I am victimized every time someone tells me that it’s my fault because I consented to the taking of the photos.”

“But when someone shifts the blame to me, do you know what I say? I say, ‘Congratulations, because that’s exactly what the perpetrator wants you to think. He wants you to think I am a dumb whore who makes poor decisions.’ People just don’t get it. And you know what? Most of them won’t get it until it happens to them or someone they love.”

Wells has also sued her other former ex-boyfriend for publishing revealing photos of her online.

This video is from Florida’s NBC 2, published Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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