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Revenge porn offenders not getting off scot-free

When an offence is this broad, there will be significant variances in the sentences handed down, explains Dr Samantha Pegg

15 September 2015

With the first person convicted of sharing revenge porn sentenced this month, it is timely to reflect on how the courts have been responding to perpetrators. 

Although popularly termed ‘revenge porn’, this offence criminalises the distribution of private sexual images where ?the image has been disclosed without the permission of the person featured and with the intention of causing distress. The maximum sentence for the offence is two years’ imprisonment.

The first offender to be convicted, Jason Asagba, had pleaded guilty in May 2015. Asagba had taken intimate pictures of his girlfriend while she slept, and shared them widely, including texting them directly to members of her family. He received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours unpaid work and a restraining order also imposed. 

This sentence is in line with others we have seen handed down. In addition to custodial or community sentences, mos...

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