Un­paid work for re­venge porn man

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A MAN who threat­ened to send out “ex­plicit” re­venge porn pic­tures of his victim be­cause she owed him money has been sen­tenced to com­mu­nity work.

Kieran Coyle – one of the first men to be con­victed un­der Scot­land’s new re­venge porn laws – met the woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, through a dat­ing web­site app.

Their re­la­tion­ship de­vel­oped to the ex­tent that they ex­changed “ex­plicit” pic­tures with each other.

Dundee Sher­iff Court heard the re­la­tion­ship turned sour af­ter the woman failed to re­pay money Coyle had lent her.

He then threat­ened to post a sex­ual im­age of the woman on so­cial me­dia if she did not pay him.

Coyle, 30, of Dundee, pled guilty to a charge un­der the Abu­sive Be­hav­iour and Sex­ual Harm (Scot­land) Act 2016 com­mit­ted on July 7 – just four days af­ter the new law came into force.

The charge states that he threat­ened to dis­close a pho­to­graph which showed the woman in an in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tion and that Coyle threat­ened to share it via so­cial me­dia with the in­tent of caus­ing her fear, alarm or distress.

Sher­iff Ge­orge Way im­posed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der of 100 hours’ un­paid work.

He said: “There is a great deal of pub­lic­ity con­cern­ing this type of be­hav­iour and it is im­por­tant that ex­am­ples of it are pun­ished.”

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Michael Math­e­son said the new laws gave po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors “ro­bust pow­ers”.

He said: “If some­one is con­victed of this type of of­fence they could spend up to five years in jail.”

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