My ex thought I slashed their tires, so they posted my name, pics, and address on a prostitution website. Can I sue or have them arrested? I can't prove it was them, but I only sent those pictures to that person so I know it was them. I have children and my address is on this site.
Depending on when all of this transpired you may be able to sue your Ex for defamation for the false statement that you are a prostitute. The issue will be whether he has any money for you to collect f you obtain a judgment. These cases are difficult to begin with. They are made worse by the fact that you may never be able to collect any award you receive. For those reasons attorneys do not take defamation cases on a contingency and require a money retainer.
Now, on to the pictures. First, send your ex a letter by certified mail and email stating that he does not have your permission to use or disseminate your photographs. Make sure you demand in the letter that he cease and desist doing so immediately or you will notify the police and make a complaint for harassment. You may want to have a lawyer send it as it may have more weight then.
Next, you must do a reverse image search of the photographs he has and see if he has already published them on the web. If he has already posted them you will want to get them removed IMMEDIATELY. Send a DMCA Takedown Notice to each website. This is another area where a lawyer may be more effective than doing it yourself. These websites steal from each other the content. So what ends up on one website will spawn to five, and then ten, and so on. If it gets to a certain point it will be difficult, if not impossible to get them all down. Speed is the key.
If this Answer was of assistance please mark it as "helpful." Mr. Pascale is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and time-lines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Pascale strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their state in order to insure proper advice is received.
So-called "revenge porn" law is complex. Your first step is, assuming that you took the pictures, to contact the website and demand they be taken down because posting them violates your copyright. Google "digital millennium copyright act." Depending on the state there may be a criminal case for harassment -- in fact, given that he posted your address on a prostitution site, that seems likely in most states. You probably also have a civil action for defamation, harassment, and violation of your copyright. You should look for an attorney who focuses on "revenge porn" - there are several.
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline