Suspect booked for revenge porn charge in Smith County

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A local man was recently arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail after being wanted by authorities on a revenge porn charge.

According to information released by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant was issued by the 144th District Court in Tyler and The Honorable Judge Christi Kennedy on Thursday, Dec. 7 for 18-year-old John Kahen Battle, of Jacksonville, wanted for Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Darrell Coslin said after being on the run for almost a week, Battle turned himself into authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and was booked into the Smith County Jail.

According to the Texas Penal Code Section 21.16, “a person commits an offense [of Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material] if without the effective consent of the depicted person, the person intentionally discloses visual material depicting another person with the person’s intimate parts exposed or engaged in sexual conduct; and if the visual material was obtained by the person or created under circumstances in which the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the visual material would remain private.”

Coslin stated that a female victim contacted the Smith County Sheriff’s Office to file a complaint against Battle, who published intimate videos and pictures on a number of social networking sites.

According to information received by Bullard Banner News, a protective order was granted against Battle, barring him from visiting the victim or the child that Battle and the victim share, on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The statute also states that “a person commits an offense if, knowing the character and content of the visual material, the person promotes visual material… on an Internet website or other forum for publication that is owned or operated by the person.”

Coslin said the charge of Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material is a State Jail Felony charge, and can carry a two year sentence, which would be a “serve-day-for-day” charge, with no possibility for parole.

Battle bonded out of the Smith county jail the day of his arrest, on bonds totaling $25,000, according to Coslin.

Smith County Jail records show Battle having no prior offenses within Smith County.

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