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The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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Man sentenced for revenge porn offence


William Nelson, 52, was sentenced today, 24th September, at Croydon Magistrates' Court to two months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, for one offence of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress. A restraining order was also put in place along with 100 hours unpaid work and he was asked to pay costs. Nelson pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the offence which is contrary to Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS London Magistrates' Unit said: "In June this year William Nelson sought revenge against a woman by posting private photographs of her online without her consent.

"Nelson set up a fake Facebook account and posted approximately 30 intimate photographs of the woman. He then sent friend requests to her friends and family from the fake account.

"His intention was to cause maximum humiliation and distress to his victim but he has now been brought to justice for his cowardly crime. Nelson hid behind a computer screen and a fake social media account while cruelly exposing his victim without her consent.

"We will continue to work with our police partners to bring other perpetrators of this vindictive crime to justice.

"The CPS has introduced new guidelines for its prosecutors on revenge porn and I urge anyone who has been a victim of such a crime to report it to the police and to help us bring such offenders to justice."


Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2014 we employed a workforce of approximately 6237 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2226 prosecutors and 3629 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.