This man allegedly sent sexual photos of his wife to a state lawmaker

William Tyler Sims (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
William Tyler Sims (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 23-year-old man is accused of sending sexual photos of his estranged wife to her boss, a Virginia state lawmaker.

William Tyler Sims was in custody in Virginia Beach on unrelated DUI charges when authorities learned Capitol Police wanted him on charges related to “revenge porn.”

Capitol Police on Wednesday announced Sims is now charged with offenses including unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another.

Police say the male lawmaker received the sexual photos and suggestive messages about a female intern on Jan. 17 during the General Assembly session.

Authorities didn’t release the lawmaker’s identity.

Police say the images and messages were sent from the woman’s email account, but Sims had access to her account and was the one who actually sent them.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.