Oil worker avoids prison over ‘re­venge porn’ threat

Woman with mes­sages and calls af­ter break­ing up with partner

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

A Mo­ray oil worker who threat­ened to pub­lish “re­venge porn” fea­tur­ing his for­mer girl­friend has been spared a prison sen­tence.

Peter Thomson, from Lossiemouth, bom­barded a for­mer partner with phone calls and so­cial me­dia mes­sages af­ter the cou­ple broke up.

The woman ig­nored the 53-year-old’s re­peated at­tempts at con­tact un­til she re­ceived an in­ti­mate pic­ture of her­self from him – which “im­plied” he was go­ing to dis­trib­ute it on so­cial me­dia.

“This led her to be­lieve the im­age would be sent to oth­ers”

Thomson’s de­fence solic­i­tor, Iain Malt­man, stressed his client had no in­ten­tion of pub­lish­ing the im­age.

Yesterday, he was sen­tenced to un­paid work for the threat when he ap­peared for sen­tence at El­gin Sher­iff Court.

Sher­iff Olga Pas­port­nikov told the off­shore worker there was “no ques­tion” he would have been jailed had he fol­lowed through with his threat of pub­lish­ing the im­age.

Thomson re­peat­edly tried to con­tact the vic­tim from the begin­ning of June, which cul­mi­nated in send­ing her the in­ti­mate pho­to­graph on Au­gust 30.

Fis­cal Rowena Carl­ton said: “She re­ceived 10 emails in three days from the ac­cused.

“She did re­ply to one of them by ask­ing him to leave her alone.

“Prior to that she re­ceived a num­ber of Face­book and What­sApp mes­sages and she blocked his num­ber. She then re­ceived emails.”

She said one e-mail had a photo at­tached with an im­age of the woman par­tially naked, with text that said “please share”.

She said: “This led her to be­lieve the im­age would be sent to oth­ers.”

Mr Malt­man said his client agreed with his de­scrip­tion of the events as “ab­hor­rent” and de­scribed him as “ashamed and em­bar­rassed”.

He said: “This was a rel­a­tively short-lived re­la­tion­ship which ended dur­ing one of Mr Thomson’s trips off­shore. He ac­cepts his be­hav­iour in deal­ing with his frus­tra­tions was com­pletely out of line.”

Thomson, of Shore Street, was sen­tenced to 100 hours of un­paid work, was placed un­der su­per­vi­sion for 18 months and or­dered to pay £500 com­pen­sa­tion to his vic­tim af­ter ad­mit­ting charges of en­gag­ing in a course of con­duct likely to cause fear or alarm and threat­en­ing to dis­close a photo of an in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tion that had not pre­vi­ously been dis­closed to the pub­lic or with her con­sent.

ASHAMED: Peter Thomson, from Lossiemouth, bom­barded a for­mer partner with mes­sages and threat­ened to dis­trib­ute an im­age of her

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