Tuesday 21 November 2017

Boy (14) convicted of 'revenge porn' in Britain

A 14-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest person in Britain convicted of a 'revenge porn' offence, after he sold nude pictures of his teenage girlfriend when they split up.
A 14-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest person in Britain convicted of a 'revenge porn' offence, after he sold nude pictures of his teenage girlfriend when they split up.

Martin Evans

A 14-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest person in Britain convicted of a 'revenge porn' offence, after he sold nude pictures of his teenage girlfriend when they split up.

The youngster charged another boy £10 for two explicit images of the girl, which he sent via Facebook.

But a court heard how the boy had a total of 170 images of the victim, which he had been intending to distribute when police raided his home and seized his computer and phone.

Child safety groups have warned that the case illustrates the urgent need for better sex education in order to prevent similar cases in the future. Plymouth Youth Court heard how the victim had sent a large number of intimate photographs of herself to her boyfriend during their short relationship.

But after they split up she was horrified to see a message on Facebook which suggested some of the pictures had been sold to another boy.

She reported the matter to police and officers seized her ex-boyfriend's laptop, desktop computer and smartphone.

The recipient of the images, who was aged 15 at the time, claimed his friend had accidentally sent the photographs to him, but he had then asked for more.

The court heard how he had paid £10 for the two pictures and had put them in a locked file on his computer.

Prosecutor Andrea Parsons told the court that the victim had not thought she was doing anything wrong when she agreed to send her boyfriend intimate pictures of herself.

"When the relationship ended she asked that [he] destroy the photographs. It turned out the photos were then passed on to [the defendant's friend] for a small sum of money," Ms Parsons explained.

The victim's ex-boyfriend - who is now 16, but cannot be named for legal reasons - was charged with two counts of distributing photographs of a child, one count of possessing 24 images of a child with a view to them being distributed or shown to another and three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

The boy who received the pictures, and is now aged 17, was charged with two counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

After admitting the offences, both defendants were given 12-month referral orders and told they must pay £100 in costs and a victim surcharge.

But the case has led to fresh concern that youngsters are failing to appreciate the serious consequences of taking and sending pictures of themselves online.

One internet safety expert said many children regarded so-called "sexting" as little more than "banter" rather than a serious criminal offence. Last year Nottinghamshire police sent a letter to schools warning children who shared so-called "sexts" could end up in court. One teenage girl received a police caution after sending images of herself to a boy and was told she could end up on the sex offenders' register. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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