Michigan man charged for “revenge porn”

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Andrew Roche - Charlevoix Co. Sheriff photo

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – A 25-year-old Bloomfield Hills man is facing a felony charge for posting “revenge porn” against a former girlfriend.

Andrew Forbes Roche was arrested in August after posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on a website that is designed for humiliating former partners and lovers.  He allegedly posted the photos without her consent and included her personal contact information.

Roche faces a charge of unlawful posting of message, which is a two-year felony.  The trial is scheduled for February.

The victim was aware of the photos, which included several nude selfies which were sent privately during their dating relationship, according to the Charlevoix County prosecutor.  The photos have been viewed about 50,000 times.

“Revenge porn is a relatively new and particularly serious form of abuse,” said Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Justis in a press release. “The concept of revenge porn is simple: to use the victim’s most intimate moments and her most private space – her own body – to degrade and humiliate her, and to engage thousands or millions of strangers on the internet to participate in the act.”

“Once the photos are on the internet, it’s incredibly difficult to remove them,” explains Justis. “The sites are often based overseas, and demand payment of hundreds of dollars from individuals who wish to have their photos taken down. And even if someone pays, the photos remain online.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

5 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    No one should misuse someone else’s personal information the way this man did, but it’s hard to avoid asking what would possess someone to take a nude photo of themselves (or allow someone else to take one) in the first place? Neither I nor my wife have ever been compelled to do such a thing, nor I’m quite sure were either of our parents or any of our grandparents. Where and how has our society gone so far off the rails such that a critical mass of people find it acceptable to do this?

    • Vince

      Kevin: First, making social judgments as to what is normal based on what you and your wife do is not just arrogant, but illogical. Second, you don’t know what your parents and grandparents did in the privacy of their own rooms. Nude photography has been around as long as photography has, and has always been extremely popular. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the real question here is not why someone would pose for naked pictures, but why someone would do so for such a creepy looking guy. He looks like someone who would post an ad on craigslist that says “hi im a photography student looking for female models for a project/ series i am currently working on…”

      • Kevin Rahe

        I wasn’t making a judgment, just asking a question. One which I still don’t have an answer to.

        When I was young – which was well after the start of the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s – we would occasionally hear of someone who had sex outside of marriage, but I don’t remember ever hearing about anyone who had a nude photo taken either by themselves or an acquaintance. Perhaps it was the embarrassment of knowing that some unknown photo developer would see it that deterred them, and the perception that today it can be a private thing using modern technology that has led people to let their guard down. Ironically the reality seems to be the opposite – it is MODERN technology that tends to carry the greater risk of undesired exposure.

        I do agree with you that the guy looks creepy, though.

  • Em Brewster

    Its such a releif knowing that I finally put my ex where he belongs. Best part is that he never had 2 of the pics!