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Local peace activist charged with sending unsolicited photo to reporter

Shawn Hunter (Roanoke City Jail)

RAONOKE, Va. (WSET) - A Roanoke man and peace activist has been charged with using a computer to harass someone.

Shawn Hunter is charged with using a computer to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make a suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, of threaten an illegal or immoral act with intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass another person.

Roanoke Times reporter, Amy Friedenberger, said Hunter sent her an unsolicited photo of his genitalia and in a tweeted post said "it was upsetting and shocking, and I felt violated."

The computer harassment charge is a class one misdemeanor.

The Roanoke Times reported that Friedenberger has written about Hunter's community activism in the past.

On Facebook, Hunter tried to explain that a technology glitch led to him sending Friedenberger the nude photo and it was intended for a "lady friend." That post has since been deleted from the Peacemaker's group.

Hunter is listed on the sex offender registry for an aggravated sexual assault from 1987.

Hunter was released from the Roanoke City Jail on his own recognizancem but has a hearing November 15 at 10 a.m., according to the court's website.

Hunter is the president of The Peacemakers, Inc. a grassroots nonprofit in Roanoke working to curb violence in the city, in which he founded in September 2016 after the shooting at Monsters Bar and Grill on Orange Avenue, NE.

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