A Skegness man posted a topless video of his former girlfriend on Facebook as an ‘act of revenge’, a court has been told.
Marton Henry Woods, 22, of Thompson Close, admitted sending an offensive electronic communication to cause distress or anxiety when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday).
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that Woods posted the 12-minute video of his former girlfriend after their relationship ended in 2014.
He said that firstly Woods had posted a picture of her in her underwear but took the picture off after police spoke to him.
However, he said that the couple got back together and then broke up again and then he posted the video of her topless onto the internet, originally on YouTube and then Facebook.
He also referred to her as a ‘slag’ and a ‘low life’, the court was told.
“It was a revenge act after falling out with this lady,” said Mr Pietryka, stating that the pictures were live for six hours before they were taken off.
He said the complainant felt degraded.
In mitigation, Ruth Harrop said that the couple had been in a relationship for about five months.
She told the court that the former girlfriend made her living by making internet films in which she removed her clothing by paid request from members of the public and that it was one of these films that Woods had posted on the internet.
She said that Woods had bought the video anonymously but he believed she knew it was him as his voice was on it.
“This was not a video obtained between them,” she told the magistrates.
Ms Harrop said that Woods had been caused anxiety and depression because the former girlfriend had allegedly sent him pictures of her with new people.
“He was depressed and angry because of what was happening between them,” she said, “and he did it to get back at her as she knew she didn’t want her family to know what she did.”
The magistrates adjourned the case for sentencing on June 16 and ordered a report from the Probation Service. Woods was granted conditional bail.