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Man jailed for three years for posting 'revenge porn' online

A man has been jailed for posting online images of a former girlfriend in one of the first such cases of 'revenge porn' in Northamptonshire. Photo: Posed image (PA)

A man has been jailed for posting online images of a former girlfriend in one of the first such cases of 'revenge porn' in Northamptonshire.

The 27-year-old man from Kettering was sentenced to three years in prison for harassment after pleaded guilty to one count of disclosing private images or films with intent to cause distress.

The offence was created in 2015 in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act to tackle so-called 'revenge porn'.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment and two further charges of sending malicious communications .

The man posted online images of a girlfriend to porn sites after the relationship ended. Credit: Posed image (PA)

Northampton Crown Court heard the accused, who is not being named by police to protect the victim, had met her through a social media site.

During a two-month relationship, private images and films were sent between them. But after the relationship ended, the court heard, he sent numerous intimidating messages and then threatened to send the images over the internet and to the victim’s father.

The court was told the victim’s images were subsequently posted online, through internet porn sites and dating sites. Threatening text messages and emails were also sent to the victim and members of her family.

“The consequences for someone’s private life when a revenge porn attack happens can be incalculable: Worklife, social life and mental health can all be affected as a result of someone simply sending a naked image that is then shared on one site and shared by thousands of others.

“This case serves as a reminder about the risks of knowing who you are talking to online and, particularly, the risks around sending private images and films to people you don’t know that well."

– DC Ryan Smedley, Northamptonshire Police
Northamptonshire Police says the case serves as a warning against the dangers of sharing images online. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Police said the investigation took months of work by CID, cybercrime officers and uniformed colleagues.

DC Smedley said: “This man believed he was clever, researching his devices before committing the offences.

"He even used the dark web and software which masked some of what he did. However, using the internet always leaves a digital footprint somewhere."

The defendant was also given a 10-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.