7th August 2015

Earlier this year we published a blog about ‘revenge porn’ becoming a criminal offence. Now the first person to be convicted of an offence under the new legislation is awaiting sentence before Reading Magistrates’ Court.

It is reported that the man pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 16 May 2015 to posting, texting and emailing intimate photographs of a woman with intent to cause her distress, an offence under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Sentencing was today adjourned until 4 September 2015.

There has been a huge rise in complaints made to the Police since the new legislation came into force earlier this year. It is reported there are eight female complainants for every one male and the overwhelming number of cases involve former partners.

If you have been the victim of revenge porn you should report the matter to the Police. If you seek advice on a civil claim for compensation for the distress caused contact Richard Hardy a partner at our Sunderland office on 0191 516 7926.


Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner, Head of the Police Misconduct department and Personal Injury specialist.