An 18-year-old Dickinson man was charged Wednesday with a felony after being accused of sharing a sex video of his younger ex-girlfriend on social media.

The charges stem from a video shared on Snapchat, a social media app that lets users share brief pictures and videos with each other.

A 15-year-old Dickinson High School student Monday told an assistant principal that a video of her performing oral sex was being shared by students, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Daily News.

The assistant principal interviewed five other students about the video and found two who had saved copies of it after it had been shared on Snapchat, according to the affidavit.

One of the students told the assistant principal the person who made it had talked about sharing the video with the whole school, according to the affidavit.

The assistant principal contacted the girl’s parents, who said they wanted to pursue charges against the older student, according to the affidavit. The assistant principal then contacted the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, which filed the charges.

Ryan Crowson, 18, was charged with unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual materials, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

The crime Crowson is charged with was created by the Texas Legislature in 2015, and was made a felony crime during the 2017 legislative session as part of a proposal to strengthen the state’s laws against human trafficking.

Crowson was given a bond of $5,000. He was no longer in custody of the Galveston County jail as of Thursday afternoon.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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