Criminal Justice

Man accused of posting naked photos of ex on Web said lawyer told him he could do so

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A Michigan man reportedly thought he had found a way around a personal order of protection his ex-girlfriend obtained in a domestic court case.

The ex-girlfriend told police in Bay City that Chad Monroe was posting naked photos of her on the Internet and said he would keep harassing her until she committed suicide. Police contacted Monroe, 34, and told him to knock it off. However, he said they couldn’t stop him because the protective order hadn’t yet been served on him and hence couldn’t be enforced, reports.

“I talked with my lawyer and he said I can put naked pictures of [her] on the Internet and I am going to keep doing it,” Monroe told police, according to court records, saying that he wouldn’t stop unless his ex returned unspecified property he wants back. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” Monroe stated.

While Monroe and his unidentified counsel may well have been correct about the need to serve the protective order before he could be charged with violating it, police and prosecutors found another way to resolve the situation.

A warrant was issued criminally charging Monroe with misdemeanor stalking and unlawful posting of a message on the Internet, a felony. The latter charge concerns cellphone texts and Facebook posts, including a post that allegedly included the phrase “Wanted Dead or Alive” along with a photo of Monroe’s ex and her name.

Bail was set at $35,000 and Monroe was ordered by the judge in the new Bay County District Court case to have zero contact with his ex-girlfriend.

Hat tip: New York Daily News.

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