Woman shares nudes of fiancé’s mistress in iCloud ‘revenge porn’ leak

A woman has been found guilty in a "revenge porn" case after she shared nude photographs of her fiancé’s mistress.

In 2016 Bethany Austin, from Island Lake in Illinois, was living with Matthew Rychlik. The couple had been together for several years, and were engaged..

They shared an Apple iCloud account, meaning that texts and messages addressed to Rychlik would also pop up on Austin’s iPad, and devices owned by her children.

Normally, Austin would ignore the messages, she said. However, when she saw alerts on her iPad that showed another woman was sending explicit messages and semi-naked photos to her fiancé, she saw red and broke off the relationship.

"I was doing my quizzes for school on the iPad and pictures started popping up," Austin said, adding that her children could also have seen them.

After the breakup, Rychlik told mutual friends that she was “crazy,” and Austin, 43, decided to share the images and messages to prove that she had a good reason for ending the relationship.

"I decided to tell people the truth," she said in court.

But by doing so she was violating Illinois state law against so-called revenge porn. Rychlik was sent a copy of the dossier Austin had compiled, and filed a report with the Crystal Lake Police Department.

At a county court hearing, the case had been thrown out on free speech grounds, but the decision was made to re-try the case in the Illinois Supreme Court.

At the trial in McHenry County on Monday, April 26, Austin’s attorney Wayne Giampietro argued that there was a reasonable doubt that the other woman was recognisable in the photos. Legally, the victim would need to be recognisable for a guilty verdict to be found.

Giampietro also argued that Austin had a lawful purpose in trying to disprove defamatory statements made about her by her ex-fiancé, saying she had “a right to defend her reputation.”

However, Circuit Judge Michael Coppedge found Austin guilty, saying “It is wrong because exposing a person’s body against her will fundamentally denies that person of their right to privacy”.

She will return to court for sentencing on June 24. Under state law, the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images can carry a sentence of probation or one to three years in prison.

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