So­cial me­dia ban For­mer New Minas man will serve jail time for pub­lish­ing in­ti­mate im­age

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A for­mer New Minas man cur­rently of no fixed ad­dress has been banned by the court from us­ing so­cial me­dia af­ter plead­ing guilty to pub­lish­ing an in­ti­mate im­age of a per­son with­out con­sent.

Bran­don Lee Wheaton, 22, was sen­tenced on sev­eral charges in Kentville pro­vin­cial court on Feb. 1. He had ear­lier pleaded guilty to charges of as­sault; know­ingly ut­ter­ing a threat to cause bod­ily harm; driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied; know­ingly pub­lish­ing, dis­tribut­ing, trans­mit­ting, sell­ing, mak­ing avail­able or ad­ver­tis­ing an in­ti­mate im­age of a per­son know­ing that the per­son de­picted did not give their con­sent; fail­ing to com­ply with an un­der­tak­ing; steal­ing $145 worth of Frito Lay chips and fail­ing to com­ply with his re­cog­ni­zance.

Judge Jean Whalen sen­tenced Wheaton to a to­tal of six months in cus­tody to be fol­lowed by two years of pro­ba­tion on six of the seven charges. Wheaton was fined a to­tal of $1,272.50 for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied. The court granted a pri­mary DNA or­der on the charge of ut­ter­ing a threat.

The court granted a two-year pro­hi­bi­tion on the use of any so- cial me­dia, net­work­ing web­site or ap­pli­ca­tion on the In­ter­net or any dig­i­tal net­work in re­la­tion to the charge of pub­lish­ing an in­ti­mate im­age with­out con­sent. The court also granted a for­fei­ture or­der for Wheaton’s cell phone. Wheaton has been or­dered to have no con­tact with the vic­tim.

Wheaton com­mit­ted the of­fences in Can­ning on Oct. 8 and 22, 2015, in Kentville be­tween Nov. 1, 2015, and Feb. 22, 2016, and in New Minas on July 7, 2016.

Sev­eral other charges against Wheaton were with­drawn, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment; an­other count of fail­ing to com­ply with an un­der­tak­ing; an­other count of ut­ter­ing a threat to cause bod­ily harm; threat­en­ing to use vi­o­lence against a jus­tice sys­tem par­tic­i­pant - in­tend­ing to pro­voke a state of fear in or­der to im­pede her in the per­for­mance of her du­ties; break, en­ter and theft in­volv­ing a trans­port truck at the Frito Lay fac­tory in New Minas; and two more counts of fail­ing to com­ply with his re­cog­ni­zance.

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