HOUSTON – What’s known as revenge porn can rob a person of their privacy, reputation, even their job, by using the internet as a weapon. And it’s a growing problem in Harris County.
Case in point, Kristoffer Metcalf, 43. According to police, Metcalf went after a former lover online, a man who had broken up with him.
He is accused of setting up a fake profile on a social media app called MeWe using the victim’s name and a nude photo of the victim.
The victim was employed by a marketing company that worked exclusively for the Houston Chronicle. According to police, an email containing the photo was sent to a large number of Chronicle employees inviting them to connect with the victim on MeWe.
As a result, the victim lost his job.
Prosecutor Steven Belt said it’s not a minor crime.
“It’s a felony. It’s one of the most serious crimes that we have in the state of Texas. It’s a way of weaponizing the internet to hurt, injure, humiliate,” Belt said.
He also said it’s becoming more and more common in Harris County