An Arkansas high school teacher was fired when a private gay sex tape of his was stolen by a hacker and leaked online, an act which he believes was a hate crime.
The victim, Brian Cody Bray, was hacked by someone anonymously and his passwords were stolen, including his password to Dropbox, where the sex tape was stored. The hacker not only stole this video from the site, the criminal also changed the name of the file from “Private” to “FagTeachBray.”
On the day he found out, Bray was home from work because he was sick. A coworker called him and told him that a video of him having sex with another man was posted on the school’s faculty page.
“Pretty much immediately after that phone call I went to the bathroom and threw up,” Bray said. “I was just in shock that, oh, my God, this is something that will impact my career, impact my life, and what am I going to do?”
Bray understands why he was fired and does not blame the school system. “Of course I had to be dismissed at the time because I had lost any kind of authority with my students there.”
He believes this matter should be treated as a cyber-crime, though, and he has filed a police report. However, he believes the police have made no traction on the case because Arkansas does not have a law against hate-crimes.
Bray is now unemployed and is actively advocating against hate crimes and hoping to be a catalyst for change in Arkansas. He has put together a Go Fund Me website, seeking further support.