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Cambridge mayor charged with distributing ‘revenge porn’ on Reddit

The mayor of Cambridge, Maryland, has been charged with 50 counts of distributing “revenge porn,” the Office of the State Prosecutor announced Monday.

Andrew Bradshaw, the mayor of the small Eastern Shore city in Dorchester County, is accused of posting nude photographs of a former partner to an online forum without her knowledge or consent.

He allegedly posted the photographs, captioned with racial slurs and sexually explicit language, to subreddit forums that “were related to sexual activity, humiliation, degradation, race and other topics,” the Office of the State Prosecutor said in a news release.

Maryland’s revenge porn law carries a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine at each count. State prosecutors filed a criminal information against Bradshaw in Circuit Court for Dorchester County.

Case records show that Bradshaw, 32, was arrested Monday and released on his own recognizance.

He did not respond to requests for comment left at Cambridge City Hall and sent to his city email address. He did not have a lawyer listed in Maryland case search.

The information alleges that a woman, who is not identified in the charging document, came forward to law enforcement on May 14 to report that she had discovered nude photographs of herself posted on Reddit.

The woman, who was born in 1995, told police that she had sent the photographs to Bradshaw when they were in a romantic relationship and that she did not give him permission to distribute the photographs, according to the information. She told law enforcement that she had not sent the photographs to anyone else and that she is no longer romantically involved with Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is accused of creating multiple Reddit accounts with usernames that used parts of the victim’s name and birth date. He allegedly posted the photographs on subreddits called “HumiliatingComments,” “DegradeThisPig,” “DegradedCaptions,” and in subreddits related to “raceplay” with racial slurs in several of the post titles. The slurs have been redacted in the criminal information.

The Reddit posts listed in the information include captions written as if they were authored by the woman. But the Reddit accounts used to post the photographs came from an IP address linked to Bradshaw’s home in the 100 block of Glenburn Avenue in Cambridge, according to the information.

Bradshaw is accused of posting sexually explicit captions with the photographs, such as “Tell me how you’d use me,” and, on Easter, “He is risen, but I’d like to make something rise In your pants ;)”

Bradshaw is listed on Cambridge’s website as the city’s youngest mayor. He took office in January after winning a runoff election in December. He defeated Victoria Jackson-Stanley, who was Cambridge’s first Black and first female mayor.

According to his online bio, Bradshaw served as an intern in Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative office and received a Governor’s Citation “for his dedication to public service.” He is listed online as a 2016 participant in the Governor’s Summer Internship Program.

The Dorchester Star reported in August that police had searched Bradshaw’s home and city office.