Several students of the United Methodist University (UMU), who assembled yesterday at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice in support of four of their fellow female students accused of distributing a nude video on social media through Facebook, Messenger and the famous group chat “We Chat” of another female student identified as Garmai Pewu, left the courtroom disappointed when three of their colleagues were remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison.
The police said the nude video of Miss Pewu was released between June and July of 2018, at which time students Anita Woods, Charlotte Dixon, Stephanie Ajovon and Deddeh Yarsiah were charged with dissemination of obscene materials.
It was not clear what prompted yesterday’s court action by Madam Pewu against her best friends, though the matter had been around for almost three months.
The crime of which they were charged qualified for bail; but it was only Anita Woods who was released yesterday, after her lawyer secured her criminal appearance bond.
The others, Charlotte Dixon, Stephanie Ajovon and Deddeh Yarsiah, could not secure criminal appearance bonds and were remanded in jail.
Madam Pewu had accused Miss Woods of being behind the distribution of her nude video with the other defendants.
Police investigation quoted Miss Pewu as saying that in June of this year she had a misunderstanding with her fiancé, identified as Joseph Wreh, for which she moved out of their Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Boulevard residence and went to her family at their Sinkor, Old Road community.
In the midst of the misunderstanding, Pewu claimed that her friend Anita decided to intervene between them.
Surprisingly, Pewu alleged that while she was away from her home in June, she saw Anita in her room with Wreh at midnight, which sparked confusion between them.
Several days after the confusion with Anita, Pewu claimed that her nude video was uploaded through a group chat called “We Chat,” court record said.
“The nude video has been seriously shared in the inbox by Anita and her friends and among other people,” the record quoted Pewu.
“Charlotte Dixon and Deddeh Yarsiah were seen distributing said video among others with title, ‘La Sex Tape is really lit ooh and we are making sure every citizen of this country will have a copy of the sex tape’,” court document quoted Madam Dixon and Yarsiah.
The document also claimed that Stephanie Ajovon was a member of the “We Chat and she was fully involved with the sharing of the nude video of Pewu.”
It was based on those alleged statements and with evidence of a conversation between the defendants and others on social media that police said “the investigation resolved to charge all of the accused students with the crime of dissemination of obscene materials in violation of Chapter 18, Section 18.7 of the Revised Penal Code of Liberia.”