Civil, Criminal, and Family Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28th, 2013
A petition for injunctive relief in a Revenge Pornography case has been filed against a Collier County Florida Sheriff's Deputy and a civil complaint against the victim's ex-boyfriend.
Rebekah Wells is a victim of Revenge Pornography and founded www.WomenAgainstRevengePorn.com after a former boyfriend posted pornographic photographs of her on the internet along with personal identifying information.
Rebekah lodged a formal complaint with the Collier County Sheriff's Office in Naples, Florida in October 2010 and Deputy Vito Celiberti was assigned to investigate.
In the petition, Wells' alleges that during the investigation, as an authority figure, Deputy Celiberti, through inappropriate and improper means gained her trust and confidence. Using his position as a Sheriff's Deputy of Collier County, Celiberti claimed to keep Rebekah safe from her ex-boyfriend.
A romance developed between them during which time Deputy Celiberti took pornographic images of Ms. Wells. When their relationship ended Celiberti threatened to circulate the pornographic images to third parties.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police writes in their Executive Guide for Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement:
The reasons why authority figures may engage in inappropriate and sometimes criminal behavior are varied, and each case is unique. Predators select victims based on vulnerabilities and a perceived lack of credibility...
Florida lawyer, Patrick J. McGeehan, who is fast becoming a leading authority on Revenge Porn, has accepted Rebekah Wells' case.
Mr. McGeehan recently appeared on NBC's Today Show representing another Revenge Porn client. He has been interviewed by several other news outlets across the country as well as in Europe and Australia. Mr. McGeehan explains:
Revenge Pornography involves the distribution of sexually explicit photos and/or videos of an individual without their consent and is usually posted by a scorned ex-lover or friend in order to seek revenge after a relationship has gone sour.
For interviews or additional information regarding the issue of Revenge Pornography contact:Patrick J. McGeehan
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