A Manitoba man has been sentenced to nine months in prison after uploading intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend to Twitter in revenge.
In a May 16 provincial court decision published online Monday, Judge Robert Heinrichs denied the man’s request to serve his jail time at home, saying his « perverse approach to wanting to harm the woman » was based on a real one screamed jail time.
The perpetrator, who is only identified with the abbreviation SA in the decision, pleaded guilty to the charge of knowingly publishing her intimate pictures.
He became furious when he found out in March 2021 that his ex-girlfriend had been in a relationship with another man about a year earlier – although they weren’t dating at the time, Heinrichs said.
After an initial argument with her over the phone, the man called her, texted her hundreds of times, and threatened to kill the other man and post nude photos of her on the internet.
He then posted about 15 photos to and directly from his hundreds of Twitter followers.
« I always said I’d reveal some when I got it [expletive] over, » the man wrote to her in a separate tweet.
Low risk of recurrence
The woman quickly called the police and he was arrested about five hours later. Only then did he ask for the photos to be deleted, which the police allowed him to do, Heinrichs said.
« There is no way of knowing how many people viewed, saved, or shared the photos, » the judge said.
While the victim did not file an impact statement in court, the damage from the crime « can be both permanent and personal, » Heinrichs said.
The offender, in his 20s, had no criminal record, admitted what he did and was deemed by parole officers to be at low risk of recidivism, the judge said.
Letting him serve his sentence at home would still not fit the crime, said Heinrichs.
« When he found out – according to his mindset – that she had been unfaithful to him, he immediately did as much damage to her as he could, » the judge said.
« His tweet was sent to hundreds of people he knew who he had easily accessible through his Twitter account. »
The judge extended the offender’s prison sentence by a further 15 days for violating his bail by texting the victim and urging them to drop the charges immediately, after police released him and told him to don’t get in touch with her.
He will also serve two years of probation after being released from prison, during which time he is prohibited from using social media services or contacting the victim.