UK Sentences First Lesbian Woman For Revenge Porn

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London: A woman who posted naked photographs of her girlfriend online because she thought she was looking at other women on Tuesday become the first in the UK to be sentenced for revenge porn.

Paige Mitchell, 24, was handed a six-week suspended jail term at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court after she admitted posting the four sexually explicit images of her girlfriend on her own Facebook page.

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Mitchell, from Stevenage, said she had uploaded the images after the row, which was sparked when her partner accused her of looking at other women.

Sentencing her, chairman of the bench Bette Hindmarsh said: ‘Posting the photos on the internet was a highly vindictive invasion of privacy.

‘It was done with the intention of humiliating and hurting your victim.’

Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating, and one of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

The latter has only been a criminal offence since the new revenge porn laws were introduced in April. So far, around a dozen men have been convicted under the legislation in England.

Mitchell said the images were sent to her by her partner during their relationship, which had begun 14 months before the fight.

She posted four of them on Facebook after the argument, captioning them with insults, but removed them when her mother told her it was against the law, the court heard. The images had been online for half an hour.

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