Former Maryland mayor, Andrew Bradshaw, pleads guilty to five counts of revenge porn

According to state prosecutors,¬†Andrew Bradshaw, the former mayor of Cambridge, was sentenced to five years and five days in prison, three years of supervised probation, and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to illegally disseminating his ex-girlfriend’s material online.

The state prosecutor’s office revealed on Monday that a former mayor from Maryland’s eastern coast had pled guilty to five charges of disseminating revenge porn.

“Anyone who abuses the trust and confidence of someone to degrade and humiliate them, particularly via the use of a forum as powerful and pervasive as the Internet, must be held accountable,” Maryland state prosecutor Charlton Howard III said.

In a statement, Howard stated, “Such actions are especially egregious when committed by an¬†individual holding a public leadership role of power and authority.”

Bradshaw, 32, was elected mayor of Cambridge, Maryland’s eastern coast peninsula, about 1 1/2 hour outside of Baltimore, in January 2021. After police raided his residence last summer and state prosecutors unveiled 50 counts against him in November, he resigned a year later.

Bradshaw wrote in his resignation letter to The Dorchester Star that the criminal case had caused his colleagues to lose faith in him. The mayor, on the other hand, promised to “prove by my words and my actions, publicly and privately, the authenticity of my beliefs.”

“I apologize to the citizens of Cambridge for having to make this decision, to those who own businesses here, to those who work here, and to all those who are concerned about what happens to this area,” Bradshaw said.

“The conduct for which I have been charged do not reflect my views or my character; they are opposed to all I believe in my heart and head,” He continued.

Bradshaw will not serve any time in prison under the suspended sentence as part of the plea agreement. In addition, the former mayor agreed to pay the victim $750 and perform 100 hours of community service.

On May 14, police were tipped off by a woman identified only as Victim 1 in court filings. Bradshaw is suspected of uploading nude images of the victim on the social networking site Reddit without her consent, according to the victim, who was once in an intimate relationship with the mayor.