DOVER - A Rochester man has been indicted for allegedly disseminating private sexual images of an intimate partner, better known as "revenge porn."
Dustin Demanche, 26, of 24-B Lafayette St., was formally charged by a Strafford County grand jury with nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, a Class B felony that carries a maximum seven-year prison term if convicted.
Demanche is said to have committed the crime on May 27 when "purposely, and with the intent to harass (his partner) disseminated publicly on Facebook a private sexual image of (her) and (the woman) is identifiable from the image itself or information displayed in connection with the image, and (her) intimate parts are exposed in the image; and the defendant knew or should have known that the image was to remain private; and the defendant knew or should have known that (she) had not consented to the dissemination of the image."
Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas said today this was the first such case of this nature that he can remember.
He added he was unsure how long it took Facebook to take down the image, but did note that the victim was the one who initially called police.
In an unrelated case, Demanche was indicted as a Habitual Offender after he allegedly operated a motor vehicle on Chestnut Hill Road on June 21 after being declared a habitual offender in 2015.
That charge carries a two and a half to five year prison term.
The "revenge porn" statute has only been on the books in New Hampshire for about a year, Thomas said.
The Strafford County grand jury indictments were handed down on July 20 and released today.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt, only that enough evidence has been presented to warrant a trial.