Maryland mayor Andrew Bradshaw was charged with 50 counts of distributing revenge porn. The Cambridge, Md. mayor appeared in court Monday and then was released on his own recognizance. A verdict hasn’t been reached.

If found guilty, the Maryland mayor could face two years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each count. If he gets the maximum sentence that would be 100 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Since his release, the 32-year-old must go by court-appointed restrictions, which includes not contacting the victim.

According to court documents, Bradshaw used multiple Reddit accounts to post 50 nude photos of his ex-girlfriend without her consent. The images were found under the platform’s subreddits discussing sex, degradation, humiliation, and race. Some of the forum’s titles included “Slut” and “DegradeThisPig.” Police reports say that vulgar slurs were also accompanying each picture.

Police found that the Reddit accounts were all variations of the victim’s name and birthdate.

Maryland Mayor Andrew Bradshaw was charged with 50 counts of revenge porn after he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend. (Credit: Facebook)
Maryland Mayor Andrew Bradshaw was charged with 50 counts of revenge porn after he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend. (Credit: Facebook)

On May 14, the ex-girlfriend found the photos online and brought them to the police’s attention. According to her, she had only shared those photos with Bradshaw when they were in a romantic relationship. At the time the photos were posted they had already broken up.

It is unclear when their relationship was, according to the Cambridge city website, Andrew Bradshaw lives in town with his partner and their two dogs.

“VICTIM-1 advised that she transmitted the posted photographs only to one other person, Andrew Bradshaw, that the photographs were sent when she and Bradshaw were in an intimate relationship, and that she not provide Bradshaw with consent to re-distribute the photographs,” said the complaint filed by the prosecutor in Dorchester County court.

Police officers were able to trace the multiple Reddit accounts back to Andrew Bradshaw’s IP address and discovered that he posted the photos from April to May.

Court documents say that Andrew Bradshaw violated a Maryland porn statute by posting those photos. The statute prohibits “the nonconsensual distribution of a private visual representation of another which exposes their intimate body parts or displays them engaged in sexual activity, with the intent to harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the person depicted.”

The Maryland mayor posted the nude photos 50 times on Reddit. If convicted he could face up to 100 years in prison. (Credit: Facebook)
The Maryland mayor posted the nude photos 50 times on Reddit. If convicted, he could face up to 100 years in prison. (Credit: Facebook)

State Prosecutor Charlton Howard said, “Using someone’s private images without their consent is a serious breach of trust and invasion of privacy, and the power and breadth of the internet makes such a violation even more egregious. Our office is committed to protecting victims from those who abuse their positions of power and trust.”

Bradshaw is a native of Cambridge, Md. He was elected into the town’s mayoral position last January. and it made him the city’s youngest mayor in history. According to the city’s website, their mayor graduated from Penn State before moving home and helping with his family’s business.

Along with being mayor, he is also a volunteer member of the city’s Rescue Fire Company.

According to David Deutsch, Cambridge’s acting city manager, Bradshaw will continue to be mayor while he is dealing with the courts because the city considers his charges to be a personal matter and won’t affect government duties.

Deutsch said, “Government operations are still moving forward. The legal issues surrounding the mayor is a personal matter and doesn’t involve city business.”

The city commissioners plan to meet with the mayor soon to discuss their options. The courts have yet to announce Bradshaw’s next court appearance.