Revenge porn man shared intimate videos and pictures

The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.

A vengeful ex-boyfriend sent private sexual photos of his former girlfriend to another man after refusing to accept the break-up.

Ian Harrison, from Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to so-called revenge porn when he shared personal pictures and videos of the woman to at least one other man after refusing to accept the break-up.

Teesside Crown Court heard the 38-year-old bombarded the woman with hundreds of phone calls and text messages over a two-and-a-half month period last year, including trying to get her to drop the charges.

Prosecutor Jenny Haigh said the woman, who the Mail is not naming, was left feeling vulnerable and fearful for her safety.

Miss Haigh said the victim made complaints to police following incidents when they were together including one where Harrison put his hands around her throat and said “you are not getting out of this house alive”.

After they split up he called her 150 times in one day alone.

And during a six day period he texted her 264 times.

Miss Haigh said: “When she didn’t answer he made threats referring to some indecent photos and images of her and told her he would post them on Facebook if she didn’t answer or reply to him.”

She later received a call from a man who had been sent personal pictures and videos of her.

In another call to the woman, Harrison said: “Just ring the police and drop the charges” adding “then all this will stop.”

Harrison, of Collingwood Walk, Hartlepool pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, disclosure of private sexual photos, and doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.

Stephen Constantine, mitigating, said most of the messages Harrison sent were pestering rather than threatening.

He said: “He has difficulty in dealing with the breakdown of relationships.

“He wants to address the distorted thinking and he wants to address the problems he has.”

Judge Peter Armstrong said: “The distribution of private sexual photos or movies is a recent offence but it is one which has become common.

“Quite clearly it’s an appalling thing to do to a female partner to distribute private photographs of that nature albeit it was limited.”

He added: “You need some assistance and those who are your victims need some protection from you.”

Harrison, who spent six months in prison on remand, was given two years’ jail suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete a 30-day rehabilitation programme and was given a five-year restraining order to keep away from the victim.