go

Father of two convicted of 'revenge porn' offence

Thatcham man shared naked pictures on messaging app

Court

A MAN has been convicted of a ‘revenge porn’ offence after he shared naked images of a woman on a messaging app.

Father-of-two David Samuel Clark used pictures of her, topless, on his WhatsApp messenger profile.

Sarah McKay, prosecuting, told Reading magistrates: “Her face could clearly be seen. It was supposed to have been a private sex text  for his viewing and she certainly wouldn’t have given permission for it to be used in this way.

“The victim blocked the defendant from all her social media platforms. But then she was made aware he had posted this picture of her on his WhatsApp profile.

“That means anyone who had his phone number in their address book could access it and see the picture.

“There were four screenshots of her naked breasts.”

Twenty-nine-year-old Mr Clark, who was living at Magpie Close, Thatcham, was arrested but answered “no comment” to all questions, the court heard.

His victim said in a statement: “It left me mortified and embarrassed. It was a personal picture and all his family members and friends will have seen it.”

The woman said she worried her friends will have seen it and added: “It has caused me much anxiety and distress.”

Ms McKay said: “Mr Clark denied the offence and so she had to give evidence at trial.”

She went on to request a restraining order preventing Mr Clark from contacting his victim or her partner.

Mr Clark denied disclosing private, sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress at Magpie Close on February 23 last year, but was convicted on March 3 this year and bailed while pre-sentence reports were prepared.

Andrew Storch, defending, described his client as a “well educated man” and added that his victim’s partner had been sending Mr Clark threatening messages.

As a result, the court heard, Mr Clark had moved temporarily to Angus Road, Blaingwry, Perthshire, in Scotland, but intended to return to Thatcham.

Mr Clark was charged under a section of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, described by the Crown Prosecution Service as the ‘revenge porn legislation’ and Mr Storch said: “It’s quite recent legislation, therefore there are few sentencing guidelines.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with a 70 hours’ unpaid community work requirement.

In addition Mr Clark was ordered to pay £350 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £60.

Finally, a restraining order was made preventing him from contacting either his victim or her new partner.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

Article comments

  • Johnknowns

    23/04/2017 - 10:10

    The victim already had a five yr restraining order against DC put in place in 2016 after several reports made to social services of abuse from various different people over several months - she was asking for an extension after he constantly breached it. You've missed out the part that he was given 40 days Domestic Abuse Training by the Courts, quite an important fact to miss out on??

    Reply

  • Lozzy

    23/04/2017 - 09:09

    David didn't relocate to Scotland!!! He was on the run from the Police for avoiding court for this revenge porn and another crime of shoplifting! He was on the run for three months in 2016, eventually picked up from Bracknell Job Center after claiming nearly £1000 tax payers money whilst on the run in October!!! He was then sent to Bullington Prison until December 2016 where he was then tried at Reading for the Shoplifting and found guilty! He then was released on bail to his parents address in Scotland or the other option was back to prison! Get your facts right!

    Reply

  • sayitasitis

    18/04/2017 - 09:09

    Weirdo

    Reply

Thatcham

Taxi driver assaulted in Thatcham
News

Taxi driver assaulted in Thatcham

Police release E Fit of attacker

1comment

 
36-0812B Thatcham Rail Crossing
Thatcham

Electrification impact on Thatcham level crossing being assessed

Barriers could stay down for longer when bigger, more frequent, trains are introduced

1comment

 
Thatcham

Thatcham bank could become a bookies

3comments

 
Thatcham

Father of two convicted of 'revenge porn' offence

3comments

 
Thatcham

Can you build a rubbish robot?