Man who posted revenge porn pictures on sex worker website jailed

A 58-YEAR-OLD man who posted revenge porn pictures of a woman whom he falsely claimed was a sex worker has been jailed for six months.

Martin Toomer, formerly of Lewis Lane, Cirencester but now of Montpellier Grove, Cheltenham, admitted to Gloucester Crown Court on Friday that between December 9 and 12, 2020 he disclosed private sexual photographs and videos of the woman without her consent and with the intention of causing her distress.

Prosecutor Caighli Taylor explained that the matter came to light from posts on a community Facebook page which had a link to a sex worker website.

“Some of the pictures taken by Toomer were included on a profile page. The images were very explicit. The video on the page’s profile was only available to paying subscribers,” she said.

Police traced the profile back to Toomer’s IP address.

Officers also found his email address was visible from screenshots on the sex worker website.

Eugene Hickey, defending, said: “At the time of his offending, Toomer was in a very bad place. He had resorted to drinking at least 10 pints of cider a day, numerous shots and prescription drugs.

“He fully admits posting the images on the website, but denies the Facebook post. But in reality he is ashamed of his actions during that period.

“When he was sentenced for possessing indecent images of children he was sentenced to a community order and has since been working well with probation.

“His engagement is positive and this offending occurred at the outset of the community order. His trigger at the time was depression, alcohol misuse and taking prescription medication.

“The uploaded images were only online for a couple of days.”

Recorder Millard told Toomer: “On December 8, 2020 you uploaded these photographs and a video to a sex workers’ website.

“Two days later there was a Facebook post and a link to the adult website.

“You denied that you were involved in that social media post but in reality it must have been you as I find it incredible that somebody else in that community would have made the connection.”

The Recorder added that the woman was ‘mortified and embarrassed’ by his actions.

Toomer was jailed for six months and a five year restraining order was imposed banning him from contacting the victim in any way.

 

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