Woman sues ex-boyfriend for sending sex photos to her family and co-workers
Piper Peterson and Michael Moldofsky once had a romantic relationship. And apparently, an adventurous one. During the course of their two year relationship, Moldofsky took photos of Peterson while she was “in various sexual acts with two other people,” according to a Kansas court order. It appears these were consensual group sex acts and consensual photos.
I’ve warned before about taking nude photos. They could wind up on the creepy website Ex Girlfriend Pictures (http://www.exgfpics.com/blog/ —WARNING: Not safe for work…. or ever, really). The tagline for the site is “Submitted Photos of Nude Ex Girlfriends & Former Wives.”
Or those photographs of group sexual activities could wind up in the e-mail inboxes of your mother, your ex-husband, your ex-in laws, your current boyfriend, your boss, and your coworkers. That’s what happened to Piper Peterson after she and Moldofsky broke up.
Now she and her mother are suing Moldofsky for $75,000 for infliction of severe emotional distress and invasion of Piper Peterson’s privacy by e-mailing those photos. Suing for $75,000 is the threshold amount to make this a federal case. Judge Eric Melgren decided last month that the case has merit and will move forward.
Having your family and colleagues see group sex photos is really embarrassing. The problem with cases like this is that the invasion of privacy is unavoidably increased by taking your case into the federal court system. The Petersons have argued that the photos could have been widely publicized if anyone on the initially small distribution list had chosen to forward the e-mail. Judge Melgren agreed, writing that it was unlikely Piper’s mother would forward it on, but her ex-husband could certainly have chosen to. “With one simple keystroke, a recipient of the email could, at least theoretically, disclose the pictures to over a billion people,” wrote Melgren, citing Internetworldstats.com.
No one forwarded that e-mail to me, but I now know the details of the case thanks to Peterson’s decision to pursue her case against Moldofsky. It’s like an invasion of privacy domino effect. Luckily for the other members of the group activities, their names have been left out. At least for now.