Man sentenced for using private sexual images to humiliate a former partner

21/09/2016

Lauren Costello, District Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Alan Davenport caused significant distress by sending threatening and abusive WhatsApp messages to his victim over a period of two days in July 2016.

"He also had control of private images of his victim and he used a partially naked picture of her as his WhatsApp profile picture without her permission which humiliated and embarrassed her.

"This sort of offending is often described as 'revenge pornography'. Its a particularly distressing crime for the victim and is often brought about by the vengeful actions of former partners.

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

"The Crown Prosecution Service once used other areas of legislation such as the Malicious Communications Act to prosecute this type of offending.

"But since April 2015, it has been an offence in its own right, reassuring victims that these are recognised crimes that are taken seriously by the authorities.

"Davenport was jailed for 18 weeks and given a Restraining Order for five years which will prevent any further contact with his victim.

"This sentence demonstrates that this invasive and vindictive offending will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with the Police to robustly prosecute this type of offending.

"I urge anyone who has been a victim of harassment or revenge pornography to report it to the Police and to help us bring such offenders to justice."

Mersey-Cheshire has one of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the country as a percentage of the population but it also has one of the best conviction rates.