Man who posted naked pictures on Facebook ordered to pay £1,000 in revenge porn case

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A Skegness man, who posted photographs of a young woman on to social media sites, has been ordered to pay her £1,000 in compensation.

Stacey Shenton, 28, of Winston Drive, had previously admitted two charges of disclosing private sexual photographs when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court for sentence after a report had been compiled by the Probation Service.

Yesterday (Tuesday) Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Shenton and the young woman had spent the night together on June 13 last year and on June 22, after she had gone on holiday abroad, he posted photographs of her naked, including close­ups of her private parts, onto Facebook and Instagram which were from a film he had made of her ‘without her knowledge’. However, a case of Shenton taking the film without her consent had earlier been dismissed. Shenton had pleaded not guilty to this.

Mr Clare said Shenton then texted her to say he would be sending it to all her contacts and her employer and also posted derogatory comments about her having sex with other men.

He said Shenton was arrested on July 30 after he himself had returned from a holiday in Ibiza.

In a victim statement, the young woman said the offences had caused her ‘misery and hurt’ and that she felt ‘shocked, sick and betrayed’ and that while she was on holiday she had not left her room as she did not trust anyone and believed that people were laughing at her.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said the photographs were not taken without the woman’s knowledge as the pair had engaged in mutually agreed sexting in which they took intimate photographs of each other for their own enjoyment but he admitted that ‘this goes beyond that’.

He said Shenton and the woman had had an argument before she went away on holiday and he had published stills from the video on Facebook and Instagram accounts he had created in a false name.

Mr Holt said Shenton realise he had done wrong and he took down the Instagram account within an hour but he was unable to do the same with the Facebook account as it had been frozen by Facebook after a complaint.

He said that ‘although it was unpleasant, distressing and wrong’, Shenton had done nothing like this before or since and he did not want to cause her any more upset.

The magistrates imposed a two year community order with 20 days of rehabilitation and 29 sessions of ‘building better relationships’.

In addition to paying her £1,000 in compensation, Shenton was also ordered to pay £145 in costsand charges.

The magistrates also imposed a two year restraining order on him in relation to the young woman.