Pittsfield man faces charges of revenge porn

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PITTSFIELD — An accusation of distributing so-called "revenge porn," has left a city man facing criminal charges, with a potential of up to five years in prison.

Ryan Aulisio, 28, appeared in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday before Judge Paul Smyth and entered not guilty pleas to charges of distributing obscene matter and vandalizing property.

Revenge porn is considered the sharing of explicit photos or videos for the purposes of embarrassing or getting revenge upon the subject of that material.

According to police, on July 5, a woman reported to Pittsfield Police that Aulisio had been posting fully nude photos of her and had also posted a video of her performing a sex act via a phony Facebook account, Alusio allegedly created using an alias.

The victim told police Aulisio had contacted her via text and made her aware of the photos and video and that they were posted without her consent.

She also reported Aulisio had broken in the door of her home on June 29, following an argument, leading to the vandalism charge.

The obscene matter charge carries a potential penalty of up to five years in state prison or up to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Aulisio was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Sept. 19.

In April, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a proposal that would close a so-called loophole in current law regarding the distribution of sexually explicit material.

According to a statement from Baker's office, the current law addresses non-consensual recording of an unsuspecting person, it doesn't address instances where an image originally taken with consent is later distributed without such consent. The new proposal would change that.

A representative from Baker's office said Tuesday that bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.




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