Man the first to be con­victed for com­mit­ting re­venge porn

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A MAN be­lieved to be the first in the coun­try to be con­victed of the new of­fence of ‘re­venge porn’ was sen­tenced at Read­ing Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day.

In a case brought by Thames Val­ley Po­lice, Jason Asagba, aged 21, of Chadwell Heath Lane, Rom­ford, was charged with the of­fence of dis­clos­ing sex­ual pho­to­graphs and films on May 15 this year and pleaded guilty the fol­low­ing day at Read­ing Mag­is­trates’ Court.

On Tues­day this week he was sen­tenced to six months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 18 months, 100 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work, a re­quire­ment to at­tend a Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice be­hav­iour pro­gramme and to pay £300 costs.

Asagba is also the sub­ject of a four year re­strain­ing or­der where he is not to con­tact the vic­tim and her fam­ily or go to the vic­tim’s home or any­where where she may re­side.

On April 16, just three days af­ter the of­fence leg­is­la­tion came into force, Asagba threat­ened to post in­ti­mate pic­tures of a woman on so­cial media.

He sub­se­quently posted the im­ages on Face­book and sent them to mem­bers of the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Det Con Steven Rose said: “This was very up­set­ting and dis­tress­ing for the vic­tim.

“How­ever with the con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing of Asagba I hope she can put this episode be­hind her.

“These new pow­ers al­low po­lice and the courts to deal with any­one found com­mit­ting these type of of­fences.

“Thames Val­ley Po­lice takes this crime ex­tremely se­ri­ously and will in­ves­ti­gate all such re­ports.

“I would like to thank all those of­fi­cers and staff who have worked on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice for bring­ing the case to court.”

Ali­son Di­rec­tor of Pros­e­cu­tions, Saun­ders, Public

said: “Re­venge pornog­ra­phy is a par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing crime for the vic­tim.

“It is a vi­o­la­tion of trust be­tween two peo­ple and its pur­pose is to pub­licly hu­mil­i­ate.

“I am pleased these crimes can now be pros­e­cuted as an of­fence in their own right, re­as­sur­ing vic­tims that it is a recog­nised of­fence and it is be­ing taken se­ri­ously by the author­i­ties.”

She added: “The new of­fence has only been in force since April. There­fore, it is too early for us to be able to say what im­pact this is hav­ing on the num­ber of pros­e­cu­tions.

“How­ever, anec­do­tally we are see­ing more of these cases be­ing brought to us by the po­lice and it is clear the new leg­is­la­tion is hav­ing an im­pact.

“I am pleased aware­ness of these cases of re­venge pornog­ra­phy is grow­ing so vic­tims come for­ward to re­port these nasty crimes and pros­e­cu­tions are brought where we have suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.”

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