First ‘revenge porn’ conviction handed to Romford man

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A 21-year-old man is among the first people to be convicted under the new “revenge porn” offence after he posted sexual photographs and films of a woman on social media.

Jason Asagba of Romford was charged with disclosing intimate photographs and films with intent to cause distress on May 15 this year and pleaded guilty the following day.

Asagba threatened to post sexually explicit photos of a 20-year-old woman from Reading online just three days after the new revenge porn legislation came into force on April 13.

He then sent the intimate photographs to her family and shared them on Facebook.

On 16 April, which was only three days after the offence legislation came into force, Asagba threatened to post intimate pictures of a 20-year-old woman from Reading on social media,” A Thames Valley Police spokesman said.

Detective Constable Steven Rose said he believed this was the first conviction for a revenge porn offense in the UK.

We believe that this is the first conviction of the new offence in the country, which highlights the fact that Thames Valley Police takes this crime extremely seriously and will investigate such reports,” Rose said.

I would like to thanks all those officers and staff who have worked on this investigation, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court.

Revenge porn laws for England and Wales cover social media networks and sending pictures via mobile phone.

Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 makes it an offence to share explicit photographs or films without the consent of the person or people in them and if the intention is to cause distress.

Asagba has been bailed and will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on August 7 to be sentenced. He faces a maximum two years in prison.