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VT Man Convicted of Uploading Unapproved Sexual Videos

A Quechee, Vermont man has been convicted of sharing sexually explicit videos of a woman on the internet without her consent. 39-year old Jonathan Lazarus of Quechee accepted a plea deal late last week in Windsor Superior Court and even though prosecutors had dismissed a felony human sex trafficking charge against him, he faced sentencing for three misdemeanor counts.

The first two misdemeanors, to which Lazarus pleaded no contest, were related to sharing the videos on the internet, while the third charge, to which he pleaded guilty, was for physically assaulting the woman, who he knew.

The Valley News says that the presiding judge handed him a suspended prison sentence, which could be up to three years, if he violates any one of his probation conditions, one of which includes unapproved contact with the victim. Lazarus had taken pornographic videos of the woman, including one where he coerced her into sexual contact with another woman, and distributed them online.

Lazarus’s actions were revealed about a year ago when the parents of the victim went to Hartford Police and mentioned that they were concerned for their daughter, who later told police that she had been abused by Lazarus. He is currently out on probation.

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