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Woman, 43, faces up to three years in jail for revenge porn after sharing photos of naked woman found on fiance's iCloud to prove he was cheating

 A woman in Illinois has been found guilty in a case of 'revenge porn' where she showed off inappropriate pictures of another woman to prove her fiance was cheating.

Bethany Austin, 43, of Island Lake was found guilty of the nonconsensual dissemination of sexual images, a Class 4 felony that violated state law, on Monday in McHenry County Court.

The woman, free on bond, could be sentenced to either probation or one to three years in prison on June 24.


In 2016, Austin was engaged to a man, Matthew Rychlik, who she had dated for more than seven years.

Bethany Austin, 43, has been found guilty of nonconesensual dissemination of a sexual image, which could result in a jail sentence of up to three years when she is sentenced in June

Bethany Austin, 43, has been found guilty of nonconesensual dissemination of a sexual image, which could result in a jail sentence of up to three years when she is sentenced in June

One day, however, Austin discovered text messages and illicit photos sent by another woman to her fiance on their shared Apple iCloud account.

'I was doing my quizzes for school on the iPad and pictures started popping up,' Austin said during testimony. 

Rychlik denied having an affair after being confronted, which led to the couple breaking up and calling off their wedding.


Rychlik allegedly called Austin 'crazy,' which led her to share the photos months after the break-up, along with a four-page letter, to family members and friends.

Austin admitted to sending the photos, but testified in the trial-by-judge last week that she was not aware she had broken the law. 

'I decided to tell people the truth,' Austin said in Friday's testimony, according to the Daily Herald

Judge Michael Coppedge said that 'exposing a person¿s body against her will fundamentally denies that person of their right to privacy' in his ruling

Judge Michael Coppedge said that 'exposing a person’s body against her will fundamentally denies that person of their right to privacy' in his ruling

'I wanted them to know that I wasn't crazy,' she added.

After discovering the letter and photos, Rychlik filed a report with the Crystal Lake Police Department.

The victim told the police that the pictures were only intended to be seen by the man she sent them to.

Austin's defense attorney argued that there was reasonable doubt as to who the person was in the photos she allegedly shared.

He also argued that Austin had the 'right to defend her reputation' against her fiance's character assailing.

'The state apparently thinks that [Austin] has to sit by and not let anybody know what he was doing to her,' defense attorney Wayne Giampietro said during Monday's closing arguments.

The judge, however, ruled that Austin violated the anonymous woman's expectation of privacy and could've sent the letter without including the illicit pictures.

'It is wrong because exposing a person’s body against her will fundamentally denies that person of their right to privacy,' Circuit Judge Michael Coppedge said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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'She could have said exactly what she wanted to say in the letter,' added McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Kyle Bruett. 

A different judge originally threw out the charge against Austin in 2018, claiming the state's law criminalizing the dissemination of private sexual images violated free speech laws.

The Illinois Supreme Court overruled that decision later in the year, however, before it wound its way back through the courts, according to the Daily Herald.

1 comment:

  1. The situation is not the best. My advice is to file for divorce https://floridaonlinedivorce.com/how-to-divorce-in-florida/ and not to post pictures of other people, this is not good. You need to decide everything peacefully, no matter who suffers!

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