Former New York Jets player to appear in court to face ‘revenge porn’ charges

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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) -- Former New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face charges in a case of alleged revenge porn, nude or sexually explicit photos shared online without the subject's consent.

Prosecutors said Cunningham sent naked pictures of a woman to the victim's family and friends as payback after a "domestic incident." It happened in Summit, N.J., in 2014.

Cunningham's attorney says his client is innocent, and the name of the woman involved in Cunningham's case has been kept confidential, but other women like a Nikki Retelle are sharing their "revenge porn" stories to create awareness.

Retelle says she met a man a few years ago who offered to help her with class work, but months into their friendship she says red lights appeared around her room -- one came from a pen cup holder.

"I don't know what made me unscrew it, because I had never heard of a pen cam at the time and I had never seen one," Retelle said.

"But something compelled me to unscrew it and as soon as it opened up and there was a memory card in there, my world started spinning. I felt as if nowhere was private anymore."

Images were recorded of Retelle without her consent and posted all over the web, along with personally identifiable information. Advocacy groups refer to it as non-consensual pornography.

Today Retelle talks about her ordeal without shame in hopes other victims will know they're not alone. New Jersey was the first state in the country to enact a "revenge porn" law 10 years ago and New York did so last summer, but many states are still debating the issue.