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PremierLeague-News.Com - A wave of 'revenge porn' crimes has left former partners facing humiliation
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Cases of 'revenge porn' seem to be cropping up in Merseyside's courts more often than ever before. Regularly in court we hear about exes who threaten to - or do - post and share intimate images, usually following the break-up of a long term relationship. The charge for this offence is disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress, but is commonly referred to as revenge porn. Victims of these spiteful crimes can be left humiliated and embarrassed after the private images are shared with others. In one case a heartbroken woman shared a moving statement with the court, talking about how at one time her ex-partner had been her "whole world" but betrayed her trust after they split up. When the woman and Michael Dodd ended their relationship he shared naked photos of her online, leaving her traumatised. These are some of the most recent cases where spiteful men shared intimate images out of revenge. Anthony Ward Anthony Ward, 36, of Stevenage Close, St Helens, threatened to print out a revenge porn photo of his ex and put it up in the area she lives. A dad who threatened to put up revenge porn posters near his ex partner's home appeared in court this month. Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard how Anthony Ward had made the threat after already sending an intimate image of his ex to her sister. The 39-year-old caused the woman so much distress through his actions that she stopped going to work. Ward had been in a relationship with the woman for five years before the couple broke up but the woman said "Mr Ward had constantly been asking her to get back into a relationship". After he continuously called her on September 15, 2019, he went to her home and began kicking her front door, eventually breaking the front panel. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here Ben Stanley, prosecuting, said: "Since the relationship ended Mr Ward continuously threatened to send the picture to family members as well as to post it around where she lives and even on her door." After speaking to her sister about the threats she discovered Ward had already sent the image to her sibling. Ward, of Stevenage Close, St Helens, will appear in court next month where he will be sentenced for two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress and one count of criminal damage. He has two previous convictions for three offences including one offence of criminal damage in September 2016. Liam Cooney Liam Cooney, 33, of Halebank Road, Widnes (Image: Merseyside Police) Liam Cooney sent revenge porn to his three-year-old's iPad while he was drunk and high on cocaine. The 33-year-old hacked his ex's social media accounts and posted a picture of her performing a sex act. After posting the image he locked the woman out of her Instagram and Snapchat accounts and later said he found posting the revenge porn "cathartic" after the pair split up. Cooney, of Halebank Road, Widnes, admitted three counts of disclosing private sexual photographs. A court heard the woman alleged he had been violent and following a charge of assault he was on bail with the condition to stay away from her. Cooney has previous convictions for motoring offences but nothing of a similar nature. He was jailed for 12 months and a five year restraining order preventing him from contacting the woman was imposed. John Charmley John Charmley, 28, of Almond Way, Greasby, Wirral A bitter boyfriend 'punished' his exes by creating fake Instagram accounts where he would post revenge porn. Two ex-girlfriends discovered that John Charmley had posted images of them "of a sexual nature" after they were contacted by random men. The 28-year-old even made a Tinder account for one of the women and publicly shared her phone number on the dating app. A judge said Charmley was "punishing" women when they "don't do what you want". Charmley's representative in court said: "It's clear he's full of shame and wants to change. He has shown insight in his interview into the impact it has had on his victims.
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. He has two previous convictions for three offences, including harassment in 2015 against another ex-partner. Charmley was ordered to serve a 10-month prison sentence and a seven year restraining order was imposed. Michael Dodd
Michael Dodd, 26, of Saxon Road, Moreton, Wirral
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Michael Dodd left a woman heartbroken after sending 18 intimate images of her on Facebook Messenger. The 26-year-old betrayed the woman by sharing the pictures - some of which were taken while she was not aware. The woman only became aware of what had happened after the recipient of the images alerted her. In a moving victim impact statement the woman said: "Michael was my whole world for nearly seven years. We planned a future together, even picked out our children's names. "Now when I think of Michael my heart breaks, knowing that someone I loved so much could send intimate and personal images of me to someone else via social media." Dodd, who has no previous convictions, admitted two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. Dodd was ordered to complete a 12-month community order, 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 160 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay his victim £500 in compensation, £85 towards court costs and a £95 victim surcharge. Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark, 40, of Greenway Road, Widnes
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Matthew Clark subjected a woman to two separate spates of harassment including releasing sexual images of her. Clark - also known as Matthew Woods - bombarded his victim with "numerous" calls and texts and also went to her home address and made contact via social media. The 40-year-old, of Greenway Road, Widnes, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in relation to his victim. They included disclosing a sexual video or photograph of a woman with intent to cause distress, which is commonly known as 'revenge porn'. He also admitted harassment over a 13-day period; a second count of harassment over about four weeks; breaching a non-molestation order; and breaching a suspended prison sentence. That suspended term had been imposed for five previous non-molestation order breaches and failing to produce a specimen of breath. He was jailed for one year and three months. Patrick McConnell A man stole his ex-girlfriend's phone and sent a sexually explicit video of her to her dad, mum, sister and new work colleagues. Patrick McConnell met the woman on Tinder and they embarked on a four week relationship in July 2019. But when the 34-year-old started to show signs of "possessiveness", and accused her of cheating, she split up with him. On August 29, last year, a day after they broke up, McConnell turned up unannounced at her work address where he snatched her mobile from her and fled. Enter your postcode below to find vaccine sites near you
The same day he sent sexually explicit video to her family's Whatsapp group and to work colleagues. After he attended her work address he handed the phone in and was arrested. A court heard McConnell had experienced a close family member bereavement in 2018 which had "affected him mentally." McConnell, of Hollingbourne Road, Norris Green, admitted disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. He has no previous convictions. McConnell was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months. He must also perform 200 hours of unpaid work and follow a 12-month mental health treatment requirement.
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