Teen charged in video harassment case arraigned in Anchorage
The 18-year-old accused of posting a sexually explicit video of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend appeared in Anchorage Jail Court for the first time Friday.
Holden Braund-Nuss is charged with harassment and coercion.
According to charging documents, over a 24-hour period in early-February, Braund-Nuss sent the victim hundreds of threatening and manipulative text messages after she broke up with him.
Braund-Nuss then posted a intimate video of them on Twitter and texted it to the victim’s mother.
The charging documents say Braund-Nuss posted the video to social media with the goal of having as many of the victim’s classmates as possible see it.
Prosecutors found Braund-Nuss threatened and manipulated the victim, which resulted in the coercion charge. The maximum sentence is 5 years in jail, plus a $50,000 fine.
Posting a nude picture or video of a person without their consent is a misdemeanor charge in Alaska. The maximum sentence for the charge is 90 days in jail, plus a $5,000 fine.
When asked why Braund-Nuss doesn’t face child porn-related charges as well, the prosecuting attorney would only say the investigation is on-going and more charges will be added if its appropriate.
Former Anchorage Police Department detective Glen Klinkhart said he sees a growing number of “revenge porn” cases. He said parents need to make sure their kids know how to use technology responsibly.
“We talk about ‘the talk,’ but you have to have the other talk and that is, you don’t take pictures and if you take pictures, you don’t send them and if somebody sends them to you, you don’t send them out again,” Klinkhart said.
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