MCAS New River man accused of posting nude photos of woman
By AMANDA THAMES | The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. (Tribune News Service) | Published: April 24, 2017
Jacksonville, N.C. — A man from Marine Corps Air Station New River is accused of posting nude and nearly nude photos of a woman online without her permission.
Theophilus Thomas, 39, was arrested Thursday by the Jacksonville Police Department and charged with disclosure of private images.
Thomas is accused of posting one nude photo of a 24-year-old woman in addition to posting six photos of that same woman wearing nothing but her underwear, according to warrants.
The woman is not in the military, according to JPD Media Liaison Beth Purcell, but she and Thomas were previously in a relationship.
Purcell declined to specify whether the woman knew about or consented to the photos being taken, citing the ongoing investigation.
The police department learned of the incident when it was reported to them on April 14, the same day the photo was allegedly posted, Purcell said.
When asked why the police department is taking point instead of NCIS, Purcell said they were the arresting agency because the report was made to them.
"We keep an open line of communication with NCIS on all cases involving military personnel," JPD Capt. Ashley Weaver added.
Thomas' bond was set at $20,000 and he's out of jail, according to the Onslow County District Courthouse Clerk's Office.
His court documents specify that the photos were allegedly posted on Facebook and Thomas was ordered not to post anything on social media about the case or have any contact with the woman, direct or indirect, according to the clerk's office.
At his first appearance Friday, he said he's hired Andrew Snow as his attorney and his next court date was scheduled for May 11, according to the clerk's office.
Thomas’ arrest was the same day as a change in regulations for sailors and Marines, the Associated Press reported.
Revenge porn, or posting explicit photos without the consent of the person in the photo, was never specifically addressed and in the wake of Marines United, the policy has now been updated, according to the AP.
Marines United was a Facebook page consisting of photos of military women, some of whom didn’t know they were being photographed, in various stages of undress that were being posted without the women’s approval, a page that has since been taken down, according to the AP.
“Along with identified female military members were photographs of unidentifiable women in various stages of undress, and included obscene comments about some of the women, officials said,” according to the AP.
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