Ex-Virginia House candidate accepts plea deal in ‘revenge porn’ case

Nelson Oliveira, New York Daily News

A Virginia politician who ran for a seat in the state House of Delegates last year has accepted a plea deal in a “revenge porn” case involving a woman who had a brief relationship with her husband.

Sheila Bynum-Coleman, a 47-year-old Democrat, was accused of distributing explicit photos of the alleged mistress in late 2019 and early 2020.

The one-time political candidate pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of disseminating photos of another with the intent to coerce, harass or intimidate someone in a state of undress. But she acknowledged in the plea agreement that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her and will have to complete 200 hours of community service, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Special prosecutor Robert Cerullo said the victim once received a text from Bynum-Coleman that included a naked photo of her and the message, “Your son’s teacher is going to see this picture.”

Bynum-Coleman later went to the woman’s workplace, where the defendant’s husband also worked, and handed explicit photos of the woman to a manager, Cerullo said. Similar nude photos were found taped to a stop sign near that business a few days later, according to the prosecutor.

Bynum-Coleman first rose to prominence during her failed bid to unseat incumbent lawmaker Kirk Cox last year.

Her criminal record will be cleared if she successfully completes her court-ordered community service within a year.

With News Wire Services

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