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Former New York Jets linebacker sentenced to probation in 'revenge porn' case

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ELIZABETH, New Jersey — A former New York Jets linebacker was sentenced to probation Friday in a case that invoked New Jersey's landmark "revenge porn" law.

Jermaine Cunningham, an NFL free agent, pleaded guilty last month to charges including invasion of privacy and admitted to posting revealing photos of a woman online without her consent. Prosecutors said the woman was Cunningham's estranged girlfriend.

In addition to three years' probation, a state Superior Court judge in Union County ordered Cunningham to participate in mandatory anger management counseling.

Cunningham also had pleaded guilty to illegal transport of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets.

The charges stemmed from a domestic dispute at a residence in Summit on Dec. 29. A loaded handgun and the bullets were found in Cunningham's car. He legally owned the handgun but illegally transported it when he had his car sent to New Jersey last year, the Union County prosecutor's office said.

The decade-old New Jersey law was the first of its kind in the country. It forbids disclosing photos or videos without consent of someone "whose intimate parts are exposed" or who is engaged in a sexual act.

More than a dozen states have passed similar laws since then.

Cunningham was with the Jets last year. He spent the season on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon in a preseason scrimmage.

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