HOUSTON – Life after a breakup isn’t easy, but it became a nightmare for one Houston woman whose ex allegedly took to the Internet to get revenge.
Michael Brent Sewell, 32, is accused of posting videos on YouTube of him and his ex having sex.
He’s been charged with improper photography and visual recording, a felony.
According to court documents, Sewell and his girlfriend broke up in November 2011 after a two-year relationship. On April 4, 2012, the woman told police she got an email from Sewell, telling her about a video he’d posted on YouTube.
The victim found the clip -- which reportedly showed her and Sewell engaging in sexual intercourse -- and called police.
The recording was posted by a person identifying himself as "Michael McLoser."
The victim told police that she did not give Sewell permission to show the video to anyone or to distribute it.
Investigators said Sewell confessed to posting the video, saying he put it online in a bid to embarrass his ex and possibly get her fired from her job. The video has since been removed from the site.
Charges were filed on May 9, 2012, and Sewell was arrested, but he was released on bond.
KHOU 11 News legal analyst Gerald Treece said similar cases are on the rise, and they raise a number of legal questions.
Treece said a prosecutor in a case like Sewell’s might try to prove there was an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In addition to YouTube, many jilted lovers have taken to sites like Facebook and Cheaterville.com to get revenge.
Relationship expert Josue Maymi said it’s always a bad idea – and it always backfires.
"We devalue ourselves when we attack," Maymi said. "We put ourselves in an immature lower position."
Simply walking away may be the best practice, Maymi said.