Man the first to be convicted for committing revenge porn
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.”