A former Minnesota City Council candidate has been found guilty of posting a topless image of his ex wife to his campaign website during his run for office.
David Martinez, 39, from Saint Paul, was sentenced to two years probation after he confessed to posting the exposing image of his partner online last July.
According to reports, the disgraced politician, who has been charged with non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, posted the image after his estranged wife filed a restraining order against him.
In addition to his sentence, the former city candidate will also have to undergo a mental health evaluation and refrain from taking drugs and alcohol or risk facing a year in prison.
According to Fox News, the intimate image surfaced a day after Martinez’s wife filed a restraining order against him for domestic abuse.
In a blog post, which was seen by Fox News before it was suspended, the politician is claimed to have shared his frustration at being slammed with the restraining order and suggested the claims lodged by his former wife were fabricated.
In the post the politician reportedly wrote: ‘Yesterday afternoon, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department paid me a visit at work.
‘They presented me with a restraining order that my wife had filed with the District Court.’
The frustrated politician went on to say: ‘I am shocked and amazed that someone can make up a story just so they can kick someone out of their own home and take the kids away.’
When questioned by police, Martinez initially denied that he had been the one responsible for posting the topless image and claimed that his website had been hacked.
He also told KARE11 news that his blog and social media platforms had been infiltrated by a third party.
However the politician later changed his plea and admitted to the charge in March.
The terms of the former politician’s sentence will also mean he is banned from Target Field and from all public libraries in Saint Paul.