Many Louisiana residents who spend a lot of time on social media may feel that the boundaries have been blurred between what is personal and what is fodder for sharing online. Sometimes they may even violate someone else’s privacy in the process of sharing something with friends. A quick lapse in judgment can lead to long-term consequences. Those who blur the lines too much could find themselves accused of a computer crime.
Two Louisiana State University students were arrested recently and face felony charges after police said they took a video of a man and a woman having sex in an LSU dorm bathroom and posted it on the social media site Instagram. According to media reports, the two students said they entered the bathroom because they thought they heard a woman in distress. When they entered, they found two fellow students having consensual sex in the bathroom.
The two 18-year-old students then allegedly took photos and video and posted them online. Reportedly, one of the students removed the images after a short time, but the man in the bathroom later complained to police that someone had taken naked photos of him and posted them online without his permission. The two students with the camera face charges of video voyeurism, which carries a penalty of more than a year in prison.
Having a felony conviction on one’s record can lead to a lifetime of damage to both personal and professional lives. Defending against felony charges can be difficult, but people in this type of situation should do all that they can to fight for their future by finding the best defense strategy available to them.
Source: The Reveille, “Students arrested for video voyeurism,” April 1, 2014