Sun | Dec 8, 2019

J'can man gets two-year prison sentence, $1m fine for revenge porn involving American TV anchor

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 1:04 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican man who admitted to posting nude pictures and videos of his ex-girlfriend, American television anchor Darieth Chisolm, has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined $1 million.

Donovan Powell turned to revenge porn after the woman ended their romantic relationship. 

He was sentenced this afternoon in the Corporate Area Criminal Court, four months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious communication.

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The charges fall under Jamaica’s Cybercrimes Act.

Powell was sentenced to one year in prison at hard labour for counts one and two and ordered to pay a fine of $1 million or serve four months in prison for count three.

The sentences for counts one and two are to be served at the same time, meaning Powell will only serve one year.

However, the 53-year-old man will not begin to serve the sentences immediately as he has been granted bail pending the outcome of an appeal against the penalty.

Powell is represented by attorney, Valerie Neita-Robertson.

Prosecutor Andrea Martin Swaby outlined in court that during the relationship between Powell and Chisolm he captured nude pictures and videos of her without her consent.

Martin Swaby, who is a deputy director of public prosecutions, said when this relationship ended Powell used the material to create sexually explicit videos.

According to her, the videos and pictures were sent to Chisolm and posted to a website he created.

Powell also threatened Chisolm that he would ruin her credibility and destroy her career.

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