A Norfolk man was convicted Tuesday in what Virginia Capitol Police called a “revenge pornography case” involving the man’s estranged wife and a Virginia lawmaker for whom she worked.
William Tyler Sims, 23, was arrested in March and charged with seven misdemeanor counts, each punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
On Tuesday, he entered a plea of no contest to one count of computer trespass and one count of computer harassment. He was fined $100 for each count, but all jail time was suspended.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped the other five charges, according to police.
A Richmond General District Court judge also ordered Sims to have no contact with the victim except when necessary for their divorce proceedings.
During the General Assembly session, on Jan. 17, a male Virginia lawmaker received sexually suggestive messages and images of a female intern working for the lawmaker, according to police.
“The images were sent using the victim’s email, and they purported to have been sent by her,” the Capitol Police news release said.
But the emails actually were sent by Sims, who had access to his wife’s email account, police said. Capitol Police did not name the lawmaker.