Crime

Boise woman accused of posting private photo of ex-friend on Craigslist charged with felony

A 43-year-old Boise woman accused of posting a topless photo of a Nampa woman on a Craigslist personal ad — without the victim’s knowledge or consent — has been charged with a felony crime, according to Nampa police.

A warrant for the arrest of Linda Silva was issued on May 8. She was booked into the Ada County Jail Monday, May 18, on a felony charge of video voyeurism by installing or permitting the use of an imaging device without mutual consent, online court records show.

Silva was released the same day after posting $10,000 bond. She is set to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ada County Courthouse.

Nampa Police Sgt. Joe Ramirez said the victim was unaware that the topless photo of her had been posted to Craigslist until someone brought it to her attention in January. She notified police about the incident, and investigators were able to use computer forensics to identify a suspect.

Ramirez said Silva and the victim had been friends. He said the motive for posting the photo online was revenge for some sort of falling out.

“The victim had no idea who had posted it. She came in and filed a harassment complaint,,” Ramirez said. He said she was able to get the photo removed from Craigslist.

Often — but not always — it’s people involved in bad breakups who disseminate private photos online, Ramirez said.

“The scorned party decides, ‘You know what? I’m getting even with them, I’m going to post all these photos they sent me on social media websites,’” Ramirez said. “That was the intent of the law — so that domestic partners don’t take advantage of personal media exchanges.”

Felony video voyeurism is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to $50,000 fine.

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