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Former UH athlete charged under rarely-used 'revenge porn' law

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    Thursday, October 27 2016 2:00 PM EDT2016-10-27 18:00:29 GMT

    A former University of Hawaii football player has been charged with kidnapping and five counts of sex assault.  Joseph Uglietto is accused of tormenting his ex-girlfriend for years.  He was arrested Monday afternoon for an incident that allegedly happened last month.

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    A former University of Hawaii football player has been charged with kidnapping and five counts of sex assault.  Joseph Uglietto is accused of tormenting his ex-girlfriend for years.  He was arrested Monday afternoon for an incident that allegedly happened last month.

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A former University of Hawaii football player who's facing kidnapping and sex assault allegations is also charged with "revenge porn," under a relatively new law that's been rarely applied.

Hawaii's "revenge porn" bill was signed into law in June 2014, making it a felony to post nude pictures or videos of someone without that person's consent and to cause harm.

In the two years since revenge porn has been illegal, only nine instances of the crime have been charged in Honolulu. Of the nine, only two people were sentenced to jail time. The sentence: One day each plus probation.

On Wednesday afternoon, 24-year-old Joseph Uglietto became the tenth person in Honolulu to be charged under the "revenge porn" law.

He's also charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

According to court documents, Uglietto threatened last month to post more nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram if she didn't go to his home.

When she got there, he allegedly pulled a knife on her. The documents say, he held the knife to her neck, tied her up using neck ties, and sexually assaulted her.   She was able to free her arms, and when he blocked her from getting to the door, the documents say, she grabbed him in the crotch to hurt him enough that she could escape.

Uglietto, a former UH football place kicker, has already been convicted of violating her restraining order against him 20 times. He served five days in jail.

Law enforcement experts say revenge porn is difficult to prove and time-consuming to investigate.

But advocates and victims say it's pervasive, and that it's vital that violators be held to justice.

Victims who spoke to Hawaii News Now describe revenge porn as humiliating. And because it's often been shared multiple times on social media, it's almost impossible to remove.

One woman said her ex-boyfriend was posting pictures of her online and providing personal information. She didn't find out about it until men started showing up to have sex with her.

"He would give up my personal phone number, address, my work schedule, because he knew my work schedule and he would tell people to come meet me," the woman said. Her ex-boyfriend has never been charged with any crimes.

Catherine Betts, of the state Commission for the Status of Women, said revenge porn happens every day. 

"We know it's one of the most common ways to harass someone and humiliate someone," she said, adding that police need to undergo more training to better understand the crime and judges need to impose harsher sentences for violators.

"Just last week my office received three calls from people who had experienced some form of revenge porn or cyber stalking," she said, "and I know they reported so I hope that these cases are taken seriously."

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