Facebook revenge porn man sentenced

10/09/2015

A 29-year-old man from Stourbridge in the West Midlands has today become the second person in the region to be successfully convicted for a revenge pornography offence.

Samuel Bishop pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress to the victim in this case. Bishop was sentenced at Dudley Magistrates' Court to 40 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation and £260 in fines.

In May 2015, the victim became aware that her Facebook profile picture had been changed, without her consent, to a sexually explicit one of her.

This image was later sent by Bishop to a number of people using the private messaging function on Facebook, again, without the victim's consent.

The victim reported the matter to the police and they discovered that during a seven day period in May, Bishop had accessed the victim's Facebook account 56 times. He was later arrested and charged.

Lionel Idan, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Crimes of this nature cause immense embarrassment, distress and humiliation to victims and it is therefore vital that perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice.

"As demonstrated by a number of successful prosecutions for offences of revenge pornography across the country, the CPS and police will not tolerate such criminal behaviour and offenders will be robustly prosecuted.

"By raising awareness of such successful prosecutions, I hope that this will not only encourage more victims to come forward and report such crimes, but that it will also serve as a strong deterrent to those who might be contemplating committing these acts of criminality."