Maryland mayor arrested on suspicion of illegally sharing nude images of ex-girlfriend

A Maryland mayor is facing a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of chilling allegations involving revenge against an ex-girlfriend.

According to reports, 32-year-old Andrew Bradshaw is accused of sharing dozens of nude photos of the victim on Reddit without her consent. Bradshaw is the Republican mayor of Cambridge.

Details of the allegations

He was charged with sharing about 50 images of the woman in April and May along with captions that included sexually explicit language and racial slurs.

The forums in which he allegedly posted the image were reportedly open to topics involving sexual humiliation and other degrading content.

Bradshaw used multiple accounts with usernames that consisted of variations on the victim’s name and birthdate, according to prosecutors.

He is charged with violating a state law prohibiting the distribution of images without consent and with the intent to cause harm.

The victim contacted police when she became aware that the images were being shared online. Authorities tracked them to an IP address associated with Bradshaw’s home.

“Desire and intent to continue to lead”

Bradshaw appeared in court on Monday and was released without bail. He faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each count, so the consequences could be severe with a total of 50 counts against him. City officials confirmed that they were aware of the matter and vowed that the local government would remain “unaffected” by it.

A Cambridge native, he is the youngest mayor in the town’s history and took office in January with a campaign slogan promising to be “The Bridge to Cambridge’s Future.”

In response to the charges, an attorney for the embattled mayor provided a brief statement.

“The allegations against Mayor Bradshaw involve private matters that are unfortunately playing themselves out in a public forum,” the lawyer said. “Nothing about the allegations in any way affect Mayor Bradshaw’s desire and intent to continue to lead all the citizens of Cambridge.”

For his part, prosecutor Charlton Howard denounced the “egregious” crime being pinned on Bradshaw, asserting: “People in romantic relationships exchange private confidences, messages, and private images and they do it under an assumption, sometimes stated or understood, that they will be retained privately.”

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