Man arrested after woman finds explicit videos of self online
Gary Cooke, 56, of Clay County, charged with sexual cyberharassment
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A Clay County man has been charged with sexual cyberharassment after a woman found explicit photos of herself posted on an internet porn site, according to a report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
Gary Scott Cooke, 56, was arrested. Records show he was released on bond.
An arrest report states Cooke posted the photos of the woman after they stopped dating. The report said Cooke showed up to her home and left a note on her car.
The Sheriff's Office said the woman found a user profile on the website that included her first name, phone number and hometown. She told deputies there were 13 images and two videos attached to the account.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the account was removed, but another account containing the same information was later created on the website. In addition, the woman told deputies a third profile was created on a separate website.
"It's very embarrassing for a victim to be exposed in that way. No one should ever be subjected to that sort of thing," said News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson.
In 2015, the Florida Legislature passed a law to protect victims of "revenge porn." The law states that a person commits sexual cyberharassment by publishing a sexually explicit image with nudity or sexual conduct online without the person’s consent with the intent to cause emotional distress.
Jefferson believes the penalty should be more than a misdemeanor offense.
"I think there should be stronger penalties because you're exploiting a person. You're putting their career at stake," Jefferson said. "That's going to be posted all over the internet."
News4Jax knocked on the door of Cooke's listed address, but no one answered. Someone answered a call made to Cooke's listed phone number but hung up.
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