A young woman admitted posting a sexual photograph of another woman on the internet and lying to police about why she did it.
Aimee Jackson admitted the offences during a short preliminary hearing at Teesside Crown Court.
Jackson, 26, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to disclosing a private sexual photograph without the consent of the subject, and perverting the course of justice.
The topless photograph was posted on Facebook in May of last year, and Jackson later falsely told police she had posted the photograph because she had been threatened to do so.
A 25-year-old woman denied the same two charges.
Her case was listed for trial in the week of August 14.
Judge Howard Crowson ordered a pre-sentence report for Jackson.
The judge told her: “It is in your interests to co-operate with the preparation of the report. You may have bail in the meantime, but you should be aware these are serious offences and a prison sentence is a possibility.”
Jackson will be sentenced at the conclusion of the case against the other woman.
Both women were released on unconditional bail.
It is the second case to be heard recently of a defendant from Hartlepool who shared a sexual photograph.
In a separate case, Ian Harrison, of Collingwood Walk, Hartlepool, shared personal pictures and videos of an ex-partner with at least one other man.
Harrison 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.
Harrison 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.