Online intimate photos: Nottingham man jailed for harassment


A Nottingham man has been jailed for harassment after he posted naked photos of a Derby woman on social media, an offence described by CPS East Midlands District Crown Prosecutor Peter Shergill as 'a vindictive crime'.

Luke King posted intimate photos of his victim, a woman from Derby, on social media after making a series of threats that he would publish them. On hearing the threats, the victim asked the police to intervene, but he had already published them.

King pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment without violence, and was sentenced to 12 weeks custody and issued with a restraining order, preventing him from contacting the victim.

The type of offending in this case is often referred to as 'revenge pornography'.

Peter Shergill, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said:
"This kind of malicious use of intimate material online, is a vindictive crime that leaves victims humiliated and devastated. Prosecutors are now following guidance issued in October this year that clarifies how we can use existing legislation to prosecute perpetrators of these intrusive offences.

"In this instance, because Luke King had threatened his victim and posted multiple pictures of her on social media, a charge of harassment was brought. He pleaded guilty to the offence and has been imprisoned and the victim now has the reassurance of a restraining order that will prevent any further contact from King.

"This is the first case of its kind in Derbyshire since the new guidelines came into effect and is a sharp reminder that these offences will be taken seriously and we will use a range of legislation to secure justice for its victims.

"I would like to thank the victim for her courage in bringing this matter to the attention of the authorities and her support in bringing Luke King to justice."

Find out more about the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines for revenge