Jilted boyfriend got revenge on ex-girlfriend by posting photo to Facebook of her performing a sex act 

  • Christopher Lees created a fake Facebook profile to post the explicit image
  • He had found out his ex-girlfriend had fallen pregnant by another man
  • Lees was jailed in 2006 for his role in a cat being thrown from a tower block
  • The 27-year-old was given a suspended sentence over the Facebook photo 

Christopher Lees (pictured) posted a photo of his ex-girlfriend performing a sex act on Facebook

Christopher Lees (pictured) posted a photo of his ex-girlfriend performing a sex act on Facebook

A jilted lover got revenge on his ex-girlfriend by posting a photo to Facebook of her performing a sex act - and also threatened to send it to her parents.

Christopher Lees tormented his nurse ex-girlfriend after they broke up and she fell pregnant by another man.

He created a fake Facebook profile containing the image and added a message saying he would send it to her parents.

The 27-year-old, of Wilsford Close, Druids Heath, admitted a charge of harassment at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. He was sentenced to four months, suspended for a year, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work, pay £500 compensation and £105 costs.

The judge also made an indefinite restraining order banning Lees from contacting the victim. 

Deputy District Judge Miller said: 'The harassment included putting on Facebook a photo of her performing a sex act.

'The reason why this is serious is that it is grossly insulting and damaging to the victim.

'I have to think about the gravity of the offence and deterrence of others. Everybody must know if they do this they will almost certainly risk losing their liberty.'

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But the judge accepted the image had been taken down after a couple of hours, and it was unlikely it had been seen by anybody else apart from Lees and the victim. 

Last October Justice Secretary Chris Grayling vowed to clamp down on revenge porn - the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress.

He announced it would become a criminal offence, with a maximum jail term of two years.

Photos posted to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter come under the offence, as well as those that are shared via text message.

David Palmer, prosecuting, said the defendant had been in a five-year relationship with the nurse.

Suspended sentence: Lees admitted a charge of harassment at Birmingham Magistrates' Court (pictured). He was given a four month suspended sentence, ordered to do  unpaid work and pay compensation and costs

Suspended sentence: Lees admitted a charge of harassment at Birmingham Magistrates' Court (pictured). He was given a four month suspended sentence, ordered to do unpaid work and pay compensation and costs

CRACKDOWN: GOVERNMENT'S PLEDGE TO TACKLE REVENGE PORN

Revenge: Lees posted the explicit image of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook after creating a fake account

Revenge: Lees posted the explicit image of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook after creating a fake account

Those convicted of revenge porn – the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress – can face two years in prison under new laws.

It has been made a specific offence, covering the sharing of images both online and offline, in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which came into effect last month.

It means that images posted to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter will be caught by the offence, as well as those that are shared via text message.

Images shared via email, on a website or the distribution of physical copies will also be caught.

Victims of revenge porn have previously found it difficult to have pictures removed from the internet.

Many sites where the images are hosted are based outside the UK, and requests to remove content are often ignored. In some cases, asking for removal results in more attention being brought to the images.

The move to clamp down on 'revenge porn' came after 149 cases, the vast majority of them involving women victims, were reported over two and a half years. Only six led to prosecutions.

However, the new rules do not affect the consensual 'sexting' of images by under-18s. This is already illegal – but police cannot monitor mobile photo messages. 

Lees set up the Facebook account in February. 

Christopher Stewart, defending, said: 'He admitted the offence straight away and was emotional and broke down in tears.

'He lives with his parents and works full time and otherwise lives a law-abiding life.

'The catalyst for this, although there clearly was a messy break up, was that he discovered his ex-partner was pregnant with her new boyfriend.'

Mr Stewart said there had been other 'family issues' and Lees would lose his job if he was found guilty.

In 2006 Lees was jailed for four months for his role in a separate incident which saw a cat thrown 60ft from the balcony of a flat in a tower block in Druids Heath, Birmingham.

The animal had to be put down.