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Island Lake IL woman guilty of revenge porn sharing photos to prove fiancee cheated

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Bethany Austin Island Lake Illinois woman found guilty of revenge porn
Bethany Austin Island Lake Illinois woman found guilty of revenge porn. Image via police bookings.
Bethany Austin Island Lake Illinois woman found guilty of revenge porn
Bethany Austin Island Lake Illinois woman found guilty of revenge porn. Image via police bookings.

Bethany Austin Island Lake Illinois woman found guilty of revenge porn after sharing explicit photos of a woman who had sent risque images to her former fiancee. 

An Illinois woman was convicted of revenge porn after sharing sexually explicit photos that another woman had sent to her fiancé in a bid to prove her groom to be was cheating on her.

Bethany Austin, 43, of Island Lake, sent the racy images to her family and friends in 2016 to explain why she was calling the wedding off, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She was found guilty of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images Monday in McHenry County Court.

At the time of discovering the illicit pictures, Austin had been living with the man she was engaged to after more than seven years of dating.

The couple shared an Apple iCloud account that allowed messages sent to the man’s phone to also go to Austin’s iPad. That’s how Austin found the texts and revealing photos, leading the couple to break up and cancel their nuptials.

‘I’m not crazy’ 

In her defense, Austin testified that her ex-fiancé had spread rumors that she was ‘crazy’ — and said she wanted to set the record straight. Kids, you know where this sh*t is going don’t you….

Austin mailed a four-page letter to family and friends explaining the situation, including screenshots of texts and photos, the Daily Herald reported.

‘I decided to tell people the truth,’ she testified Friday. ‘I wanted them to know that I wasn’t crazy.’

Which is backhand speak for: ‘I am certifiably crazy and I am going to prove it to y’all…’

Right to privacy

The other un-named woman, told police that the pictures were private and intended only for Austin’s then-fiancé. ‘Gotcha bixch!’

Judge Michael Coppedge agreed in his ruling, saying that Austin should have known that the photos were not intended to be shared.

‘It is wrong because exposing a person’s body against her will fundamentally deprives a person of their right to privacy,’ Coppedge said, according to the Herald.

Another McHenry County judge had initially thrown out the case, finding that state law makes it a crime to share private sexual images violated free speech protections.

But the Illinois Supreme Court overruled that decision.

Austin now faces anywhere from probation to up to three years in prison for the crime during sentencing on June 24.

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