31st October 2019

Cases of revenge porn, the sharing of a “private sexual photograph or film” of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress, continue to be reported on regularly in the media.  The disturbing case of Darren Rowe recently came to my attention.

Darren Rowe, aged 49, a builder from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands was reported to have pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court in October 2019, to two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

It is understood that Rowe posted naked images of his then partner on swingers websites and also posted images and a video on various messaging platforms. The victim, aged in her 30s, had unknown men turning up at her home saying they had had conversations with her online and been invited round. The victim only found out that the naked pictures of her were circulating on swingers and porn websites when she was asked about them by a friend. She initially contacted police fearing the images may have been posted by a former friend following a falling out. A two-year investigation into the incidents was then carried out by West Midlands Police.

Whilst Rowe initially denied any involvement in the offence police traced an email address linked to the images to a property where Rowe had been working at the time. When officers arrested Rowe they found a number of mobile phones and electronic devices including data which connected him to the images.

Rowe appeared before Wolverhampton Crown Court on 21 October 2019 and was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, together with five-year restraining and sexual harm prevention orders. Rowe must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and complete 25 hours of a rehabilitation course.

In addition to his criminal sentence, Rowe may now find himself facing a civil claim from his victim seeking compensation for the distress caused.

In the event you have suffered distress from others sharing explicit images of you, our team of Lawyers may be able to help. If you wish to pursue a claim for compensation for the distress caused please contact our Solicitors Richard Hardy, Andrew Freckleton or Katy Stephenson on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk.


Blog by Katy Stephenson, Solicitor