Nationals assistant hitting coach accused of posting revenge porn in lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Nationals front office is in the middle of an internal investigation into one of its assistant coaches following the filing of a lawsuit in California.

On Friday, the team suspended Jacque Jones with pay in response to the allegations in that lawsuit which accuses him of sharing private photos of the unidentified woman with mutual friends in an effort to humiliate her.

Some classify the act as revenge porn. Experts in victim advocacy say incidents like this are not always motivated by revenge instead referring to the issue as nonconsensual pornography.

The trend is enough of a problem that 38 states and the District of Columbia have laws specifically geared toward punishing these crimes but not every municipality agrees on the punishment.

In the District of Columbia, a 2014 considers the crime a felony which could lead to prison time for violators that are convicted. In states like Maryland and Virginia the crime is considered a misdemeanor which means a conviction could lead to a fine and/or jail time.

Jones was hired by the Nationals in 2016. The team has not linked Jones to the lawsuit only saying he was removed from his position for a legal matter that the team was looking into.