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Police: Colchester candidate charged with revenge porn

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

He's running to represent Colchester in the Legislature, but the divorced businessman is also now facing revenge porn charges.

The alleged victim went to police back in July telling investigators Patrick Liebrecht was posting sexually explicit images of her on social media without her permission.

"Revenge porn" is when someone shares nude photos of someone else to get back at them. Vermont made it a crime last year.

Liebrect is currently vying for one of two Colchester seats in the House of Representatives.

But the 57-year-old is also facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend. The affidavit shows an on-again, off-again relationship dating back to 2008. The woman says she consented to the photos, but also told Liebrecht he was not allowed to show them to anyone.

According to the affidavit, the woman told police once she broke up with him this summer he began posting them on her family and friends' Facebook pages and threatening her saying, "I will make plenty of trouble for you."

When police interviewed Liebrecht they say he admitted to posting the nude photos and comments. Police say he told them he was mad about the breakup and alleged money she owed him and said "she's seeing a Mexican." Police say he told them he posted the photos because he was angry.

Police say he then denied that the woman was nude in the photo and told them that he could "go onto National Geographic and see that stuff."

Liebrecht declined an on camera interview, but WCAX did speak with him on the phone Wednesday afternoon. He said he pleaded not guilty to the charge and has no further comment. He could face jail time or fines if convicted.

Since our story first aired, WCAX received a statement from the Vermont Republican Party, which says:

"These allegations are deeply disturbing and disgusting.  Such actions do not reflect the values of the Vermont Republican Party.  In fact, Republican and Democrat lawmakers supported legislation making it a criminal offense to engage in this type of abusive behavior.  There is no room in the Vermont Republican Party for anyone who engages in this type of conduct. Furthermore, it's unacceptable for any person to use their candidacy or support of a political party as a means to intimidate, bully, threaten or harass anyone."

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