Woman charged with posting nude photos of another online

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BENNINGTON — A woman faces charges for allegedly posting nude pictures of another woman on Facebook.

Rebekah S. Van Buren, 39, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a charge of disclosing sexually explicit images without consent. She was released on the condition she not contact or harass the victim.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Travis Hess, he spoke with a 27-year-old Bennington woman on Oct. 8 who told him someone had posted naked pictures of her on Facebook earlier that morning. The alleged victim told police the photos were posted from an account belonging to a 26-year-old male friend. She said she called the male friend and requested the photos be taken down, before reporting the pictures to Facebook and deleting her account.

The alleged victim stated she received a call from the male friend's number and that a female, later identified as Van Buren, started speaking and made rude remarks to her. Van Buren allegedly said she was going to tell the victim's employer about the photos and that she "was going to ruin her and get revenge."

The alleged victim told police she did take pictures of herself and sent them privately to the male friend through Facebook messenger. The woman also told police that Van Buren was posting comments on her own Facebook account admitting she sent the pictures.

Hess spoke with Van Buren later that day. According to the affidavit, Van Buren allegedly admitted to Hess that, after she found the nude pictures in the male friend's account, she posted them to his Facebook timeline.

Van Buren allegedly told Hess, "you think she learned her lesson."

On Oct. 12, the alleged victim provided Hess with screen shots of the pictures that were posted. She also provided messages and text messages allegedly sent to her by Van Buren, from both Van Buren's own account and the male friend's phone.

Van Buren is scheduled to appear on Jan. 4, 2016 for a calendar call. She is represented by Public Defender Frederick Bragdon.

— Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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