A British woman has been jailed for three months after she posted a naked photo of a man she had sex with on Instagram after he told her they were better off as friends. Yasmin Walker from Scarborough claimed she “accidentally” shared the photo with her 1,300 followers despite the fact that she captioned it with three laughing face emojis, The Scarborough News reports.
The victim begged her to take the photo down. The man, who is remaining anonymous for legal reasons, was said to have been at a movie theater when he was sent a screencap of the photo and immediately begged Walker to take it down. She only did so after he threatened to go to the police. “The screenshot was of a naked image of him and posted onto (Walker’s) Instagram account,” said Prosecutor Lewis Allan. “In her case, she had 1,300 followers. The image had been online for 11 minutes.”
Walker’s defense cited her vision loss. To back up her claims that she didn’t actually mean to post the image, Walker told the court that she lost vision in one eye because of a previous abusive relationship in which the perpetrator was given a 12-year prison sentence. However, Judge Sean Morris, the Recorder of York, wasn’t buying it, especially since her presentation didn’t “smack of remorse.”
She was ultimately convicted and sentenced to three months in prison. Walker was found guilty of disclosing a private sexual photo with intent to cause distress at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced on Thursday, April 1. Judge Morris hoped that the sentence would send the message that “revenge pornography means prison.”
Walker knew right from wrong and did it anyway. As Judge Morris told Walker at her sentencing: “You disclosed, for countless people to see, a personal and very intimate photograph with a sarcastic comment next to it. That was sent to him when he was in the cinema… and he had to beg you to take it down. I’m afraid that this kind of crime needs to be deterred because cyber crime of this type, which causes people to have their most intimate details splashed around the world, have devastating effects on people, and the public need to know that this kind of crime is serious.” He added: “You have got your own problems. You have been in abusive relationships… but you know right from wrong. This kind of behavior has to be deterred.”
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