A judge in Wellington, New Zealand, has made legal history after sentencing a 20-year-old man to four months in jail after posting naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook.
Joshua Simon Ashby, 20, broke up with his girlfriend of five months and did what any rational person would do: he texted her “I’m going to kill you” and “Dead b…” and then posted naked pictures of her on her FB profile. The pictures were at first only visible to her 300 friends, but then they went public for all 500 million users to appreciate. Facebook (and the police) took them down 12 hours later.
Mr. Ashby’s lawyer explained the defendant had a history of substance abuse and anger issues. The five-month relationship seems to have been very tumultuous, until the ex-lover left him for good.
Ashby pleaded guilty to distributing indecent material (plus six other charges, including theft and assault), and, according to local newspaper The Dominion Post (the link seems to be temporarily down), he has become the first person to be put in jail over crimes committed using social media, under the morality and decency section of the Crimes Act.
This is not the first time a man has done this to an ex, however. Last August, an 18-year-old boy from Winnipeg, MB, also posted nude photos of his ex on Facebook… only that in that case the girl was 16. The accused pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Does anyone know of similar cases in the US?