ST. PAUL, Minn. — An eastern Minnesota man has been sentenced under a new state law that seeks to hold people accountable for revenge porn.

Anoka resident Michael Weigel was sentenced to four months in jail and three years of probation, the Pioneer Press reported . The 39-year-old was convicted on one count of felony nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images.

Weigel was accused of creating a fake Facebook account under the name of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, friending people they knew and posting naked pictures of the woman last December. He pleaded guilty to the charge in August.

“I will worry about these images for the rest of my life and live with the shame and embarrassment the rest of my life,” the woman told the court.

She spent weeks trying to have the photos removed from Facebook and was worried about losing her job.

“I wanted to crawl into a hole and disappear,” she said.

Weigel said he became depressed after his relationship ended and turned to alcohol. He said he never meant to hurt his ex and that she is the “love of his life.”

“I want to start by saying I am incredibly sorry,” Weigel said. “I have been through breakups before. . but never in my life did I fall into the path that I fell into this time. I messed up. I messed up so bad and it affected so many people.”

Weigel said he’s gone through treatment and therapy since he was charged.

Ramsey County District Judge Stephen Smith said Weigel can’t undo the impact of his actions. Smith also questioned Weigel’s sentiment of not wanting to cause harm.

“I have a hard time seeing it any other way,” Smith said.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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