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Revenge-Porn Guy Hit With Huge Payment

California man Andre Pompey is told to fork up
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2018 1:20 PM CDT
Andre Pompey.   (Monterey County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Time to pay, Andre: California man Andre Pompey was ordered this week to pay his revenge-porn victim $5.15 million and fork out an additional $150,000 as punishment, USA Today reports. "She wanted to stand up for herself," says Katrina Saleen, attorney of the 35-year-old woman who accused Pompey, 49, of secretly recording them having sex and posting tagged images from the video on Facebook in 2016. "She testified she was shaking, felt numb. She threw up that day," says Saleen. "...She was suicidal the day of, but her best friend and family members talked her through it." Once the images were posted, her daughter testified that the victim withdrew and was "not even there," Saleen adds.

Pompey, who worked in surveillance, pleaded no contest in criminal court to distributing sexually explicit materials without consent, reports KSBW. But he had a history: Another Pompey ex testified that he had broken into her home, rifled through her drawers, and tried to embarrass her online after they broke up, per Saleen. The attorney says Pompey also pleaded no contest in an earlier revenge-porn case but only got a "slap on the wrist." California in 2015 passed criminal laws against posting secretly recorded sex-act videos, but they are misdemeanors that often lead to light sentences. As for Pompey's victim, the effect is still there: "She still has crying spells, she still has nightmares about it," says Saleen. "She's still embarrassed to see people she knows have seen the post." (Read more revenge porn stories.)

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