Ellen J. Clark filed a complaint requesting that an order for protection from abuse be entered against John Brian McLane in a District Court in Maine. The order entered and McLane appealed. The issue on appeal was whether threats to publicly publish "revenge porn" on the Internet established abuse authorizing a Maine court to issue a protection order.
Clark and McLane had an intimate relationship for several months during 2011 to 2012. On January 13, 2013, after their relationship had ended and after Clark had notified McLane’s wife of the affair, McLane sent an email to Clark containing a litany of insulting and derogatory remarks. McLane told Clark: