Luke King, 21, used the WhatsApp messaging service to post the X-rated snap of his former girlfriend
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A dad has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for“revenge porn”after posting a nude photo of his ex-partner online.
Luke King, 21, used theWhatsAppmessaging service to post the X-rated snap of his former girlfriend.
He was sent intimate pictures “for his eyes only” by the woman during an on-off three-year relationship.
But a court heard the victim – who hasn’t been named – became worried when he threatened to post the explicit snaps online.
She was then horrified when she realised his website profile had been amended to include a “private image” of her on August 8 this year.
Unemployed King pleaded guilty to posting an explicit image on the internet in a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of the woman and wasjailed for 12 weeks.
District Judge Andrew Davison told King, from Aspley, Nottinghamshire: “The probation officer calls it pernicious and intended to cause maximum humiliation.
“I can’t better those words. You should be thoroughly ashamed of this offence. I regard this as despicable and a significant breach of trust.”
He was prosecuted under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, but other people who distribute revenge porn images and videos could face two years in jail under a new law announced last month dealing specifically with the practice.
The amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill covers material shared via the internet, text messages and via physical distribution.
King was also slapped with a restraining order which bans him from contacting the woman for two years – including over the internet.
The court heard the victim, who lives in Derby, told police: “It has disgusted me and really upset me.”