Washington Nationals Hitting Coach Jacque Jones Named in Revenge Porn Case

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Washington Nationals suspended hitting coach Jacque Jones due to reports of his involvement in a revenge porn case. Jones will still receive payment during the pending investigation.

The Nationals are currently in the playoffs taking on the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Head coach Dusty Baker said losing Jones was very difficult for his team –especially just hours before the game. The Nationals lost the game 3-0.

“That was kind of a downer before the game,” Washington manager Dusty Baker said, “because he’s a big part of the team.”

Court documents, according to multiple reports, note that a lawsuit has been filed against Jacque Jones and the Nationals on the grounds of revenge porn. The lawsuit was filed last week in San Diego and accuses Jones of distributing nude photos of the plaintiff, Jane Doe, with whom he ended a relationship in August.

The lawsuit also claims that the Nationals “knew of Coach Jones’s propensity and predisposition to emotionally abuse and intimidate women.”

“(The) plaintiff is seeking justice for Coach Jones’s intimidation and emotional abuse in connection with his distribution of private and intimate photos of plaintiff while on the job with the Washington Nationals,” Attorney Rory Pendergast said in an email to USA Today.

Jones, 42, retired in 2008 after playing for 10 years with four different teams. If convicted, Jones could serve time behind bars. In California, there is a law that addresses nonconsensual pornography, or so-called “revenge porn.” California law states –

Under Penal Code 647(j)(4) PC, the legal definition of revenge porn/nonconsensual pornography is as follows:

1. You have an image of the intimate body part of another identifiable person, or an image of that person engaged in sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation or masturbation

2. You intentionally distribute that image;

3. There was an understanding between you and that person that the image would remain private;

4. You know or should know that the distribution of the image will cause the person serious emotional distress; and

5. The person depicted suffers serious emotional distress.

In California revenge porn is considered a misdemeanor. The basic penalties for the first offense of non-consensual pornography are misdemeanor summary probation
and up to six months in county jail — and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

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