Monday 24 July 2017

Man posted 'revenge porn' video to sex website twice

Karl Bailey
Karl Bailey
Bailey had 'no excuse' as to why he uploaded the video and Balbriggan District Court heard he was 'ashamed and embarrassed' about his actions. Stock image

Nicola Donnelly

A man twice posted a 'revenge porn' video of himself having sex with a woman to an online pornography website - without her even knowing she had been filmed.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said it was a "despicable act" that Karl Bailey (26) committed, causing his victim untold damage.

Bailey had "no excuse" as to why he uploaded the video and Balbriggan District Court heard he was "ashamed and embarrassed" about his actions.

The victim had no knowledge that the 10-minute video, which clearly identified them having sex, had been made.

Bailey's actions had a profound effect on her, the court heard. Gardaí were made aware of the video by the victim and officers contacted the site to have it removed.

After the footage was taken down, the defendant uploaded it again within three weeks.

He removed the offending film only after the victim and her family contacted him.

He made full admissions to gardaí that he uploaded the video on two occasions. The victim, who did not appear in court, wrote a letter to the judge to explain the untold damage and profound effect the incidents had on her.

Bailey, of Balbriggan Road, Skerries, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to harassing the woman on dates within three weeks last year in the Dublin area under Section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 2007.

His solicitor said the 26-year-old, who works as a shop assistant at Pound World, offered no excuse for his actions.

"He has been suffering from depression for some time and has been prescribed medication," the solicitor said.

She added he had been attending counselling to deal with his issues and conveyed his apologies to the victim.

"He is ashamed and embarrassed and it was completely out of character," the solicitor said. "He is most apologetic to the victim and her family."

The court was told that Bailey was willing to come up with compensation if the victim would accept it.

"He is taking the matter extremely seriously. He was using the website as a means of escape as he has difficulties dealing with his emotions."

When Judge Dempsey questioned why he put the video up a second time, the solicitor said Bailey was not aware it was the gardaí who requested it be taken down the first time.

The judge ordered a probation and welfare report and a community service report to see if he was suitable to complete 240 hours in lieu of two months in prison.

"This is a despicable act that has caused untold damage to the victim," he said. The judge also ordered Bailey to pay €2,000 in compensation.

He adjourned the case until the end of April for finalisation.

Irish Independent

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