Man accused of using ex's Facebook account to send explicit images

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ST. MARYS, Ga. – St. Marys police said they arrested a man who illegally took over his ex-girlfriend's Facebook account then used the account to transmit nude images of her online. 

Henry Powell, 34, is charged with transmitting sexually explicit images, tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and computer trespass.

According to the St. Marys Police Department, Powell illegally gained access to his ex-girlfriend's Facebook account, blocked her from accessing the account and then used the account to link to her Facebook Messenger where he accessed several explicit images of her that were intended for private use.

According to a preliminary police report, Powell admitted to sending those images via Facebook Messenger to her relatives. It is only the preliminary report, which means more charges are pending.

Attorney Randy Reep is not affiliated with the case, but said Powell is accused of illegally accessing the victim’s social media account, impeding her from using the account and stealing something that belongs to her.

"That is a type of trespass," Reep said. 

Reep said criminal computer activity is nothing new, but "it is growing very fast."

"We see more things like the standard revenge porn," he said.

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