A U.S. judge in Hawaii sent a clear message on cyberstalking and revenge pornography to an Arizona man who has now been sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to posting online sexual videos of a woman he was previously in a relationship with.
During his relationship with the woman, Micah Austin Goodale recorded sexually explicit and graphic videos of her. Goodale published the videos after their relationship ended on a website that hosts adult pornography for free public streaming. According to the plea agreement, along with the videos, which included Goodale and the woman engaging in sex, he posted the woman’s full name, phone number and address.
Prosecutors said that Goodale also created a Twitter profile using her name and photo and posted additional sexually explicit content there featuring the woman.
The plea agreement goes on to detail that he also signed onto her social media account in November 2019 and posted links to the videos of the woman, who lived in Hawaii at the time.
Goodale, 27, of Queen Creek, Arizona, pleaded guilty to cyberstalking in July.
“Cyberstalking and revenge pornography are just new forms of harassment and intimidation that have been made possible by advancing social media technology,” said Judith Philips, acting U.S. attorney for Hawaii. “The digital nature and global reach of social media present unprecedented potential for harm, and criminals who abuse these new technologies to unlawfully harass and intimidate others in substantial ways will be brought to justice.”