Man accused of sending revenge porn to member of Virginia General Assembly

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Norfolk man is facing several charges after authorities say he sent revenge pornography to a member of the Virginia General Assembly. 

William Tyler Sims, 23, is charged with three counts of harassment by computer, two counts of computer trespass and two of unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another. 

According to Capitol Police, a member of the GA received sexually suggestive messages and images of the victim, who was serving as an intern for the member at the time. The images were sent using the victim’s email, and they purported to have been sent by her. 

After a further investigation, it was found that the images had been sent by Sims using an email account belonging to the victim, who was Sims’ estranged wife, Capitol Police said. 

Sims was being held by the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for an unrelated DUI conviction when authorities noticed Tuesday that he was wanted by Capitol Police on seven warrants related to the pornography case.

 “This criminal conduct not only disrupts the safety of people in the workplace, but it destroys the reputation of victims,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the Capitol Police chief. 

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