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Man who posted revenge porn to Instagram, sent explicit video to ex’s mom denied bail, prosecutors say

Before the video was posted, the woman allegedly endured nearly a year of harassment by her ex-boyfriend, Jonquel Bentley.

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Jonquel Bentley
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In the year since breaking up with her boyfriend, a 21-year-old woman has endured threats to her life, repeated harassment, and now, the release of an explicit video she had expected would remain private, according to prosecutors.

The woman’s ex-boyfriend, Jonquel Bentley, 21, was charged earlier this year with telephone harassment after he allegedly repeatedly called her and threatened to post a video of the two of them having sex.

In August, he allegedly did.

When the video appeared online, Bentley allegedly sent his ex a screenshot, sent the video to her mother and threatened to share it with her mother’s coworkers.

Those actions, Judge Arthur Wesley Willis said at a hearing Tuesday for Bentley, made him doubt Bentley could be trusted to follow the court’s orders in the future, and the judge ordered Bentley held without bail.

The threats began shortly after their breakup last October when Bentley called the woman on the phone and threatened to shoot her, prosecutors said in court.

The woman reported the threat to Chicago police and obtained an emergency order of protection against Bentley, which also specifically barred him from from distributing “explicit photographs or videos of the victim through electronic or any other means,” prosecutors said.

But the order expired in December, and this past May, Bentley again began repeatedly calling her phone and sending her text messages threatening to post sexual images of her online, prosecutors said.

In August, Bentley sent the woman a screenshot of a video uploaded to a pornographic website, prosecutors said. The woman recognized herself, although she wasn’t identifiable in the image. Bentley told her “a girl he was with” uploaded the video, but that he made her take it down.

Bentley also called the car dealership where the woman’s mother worked and left a voicemail stating, “This is in regards to get in contact with [the victim’s mother] and if I don’t, her daughter’s videos will be sent to everybody’s personal emails in that dealership as of 12 midnight central time,” prosecutors said.

The following day, Bentley texted the woman’s mother multiple still images and videos of himself and her daughter having sex, prosecutors said. Shortly after, Bentley uploaded the video to his Instagram account. The caption underneath the video included the woman’s full name and her Instagram handle, prosecutors said.

Bentley followed up the post by texting the woman’s mother, writing that her daughter “made Instagram, she look good tho, hurry up and call it’s not coming down til she call, and next I’m tagging” the name of the car dealership where the woman’s mother works, prosecutors said.

Bentley was taken into custody Monday and admitted the Instagram account was his and that he had sent out text messages that included screenshots of the video, prosecutors said.

An assistant public defender for Bentley said he has a young son and works as a welder.

Judge Willis ordered Bentley held on no bail, but said he could ask another judge to review his decision at his next court date on Tuesday.

Bentley is also next set to appear on the pending telephone harassment charge Oct. 16.