Charges: Man befriends ex's family, friends on fake Facebook page before posting nudes of her
ANOKA, Minn.—First he created a fake Facebook page under his ex's new boyfriend's name. Next he started "friending" people, including the woman's family and friends. Then came the pictures.
Authorities say Michael Roderick Weigel posted about 20 photos of his ex in "semi-nude and nude sexual poses" on the wall of the social networking site.
The 38-year-old Anoka man was charged via warrant Monday in Ramsey County District Court with three felony-counts of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, which took place last December, the complaint said.
The woman learned about the Facebook page after friends and family started contacting her about it. Her face is "clearly identifiable" in the photos, the complaint said.
Speaking to investigators from the Ramsey County sheriff's office, she said the photos were taken while she and Weigel were in a relationship together.
Weigel also posted inflammatory statements about the woman and her boyfriend on the page, according to the complaint. In one, he named her place of employment and said she was unfit to work there.
After serving multiple subpoenas and searching various computers, deputies contacted Weigel in mid-January.
In an interview with authorities, he acknowledged creating the Facebook page and said he did it to 'expose' his ex and her boyfriend, the complaint said. He added that his actions were not intended to "hurt anyone" and were not for "monetary gain."
He also said his ex was aware of the photos he had of her and that she never asked him not to post them, according to the complaint.
Weigel's criminal record includes four convictions for offenses related to driving while intoxicated.
He could not be reached for comment. A relative who answered the phone at a number listed for him said she did not want to comment on the charges.
A request for information from Facebook about their rules for safeguarding against violations of people's privacy on the site was not immediately returned.
Weigel's first court appearance is scheduled for March 20. No attorney was listed as representing him on the case in court records.
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