Woman left heartbroken after ‘man she loved’ shared revenge porn of her online

A woman was left heartbroken after her ex-partner shared nude pictures of her online in an act of revenge porn.

Michael Dodd shared images of his former partner, betraying her trust and leaving her traumatised.

Dodd shared 18 pictures of his devastated ex to a man on Facebook Messenger, reports Echo.

The offence, known as revenge porn, left her heartbroken as she said she had planned to have kids with him.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard 26-year-old Dodd even shared pictures taken without the woman's consent.

She told the court: "This will haunt me for the rest of my life".

A man informed the victim that Dodd, of Saxon Road, Moreton, Wirral, was sending explicit photos of her on Facebook Messenger on October 6.

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Olivia Brady, prosecuting, said there were 22 pictures in total, including 18 of the victim, some of which were "taken when she was not aware".

The court heard this man forwarded the photos on to the victim, but on October 23 the same person contacted her again.

Ms Brady said: "The defendant had then shared further images of her naked on the Facebook platform."

In a moving statement, the victim told the court: "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."

The woman said: "We may have not been in a relationship at the time of the offences, but we were on good terms. I did not deserve this.

"This will haunt me for the rest of my life."

Dodd, who has no previous convictions, admitted two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Chris Murphy, defending, said his client was "thoroughly ashamed" of his behaviour, but was "not really in a position to say why he did it".

The lawyer said it wasn't an excuse, but due to the coronavirus pandemic Dodd was furloughed from a "very good job" because he was unable to work from home, then eventually laid off.

Mr Murphy repeated that Dodd couldn't give an explanation for his conduct, adding: "He's deeply ashamed. He unreservedly apologises to the complainant.

"It was a very nasty and unfortunate set of events that have brought him here before the courts for the very first time."

Urging magistrates to spare him jail, Mr Murphy said Dodd made admissions to police, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and could pay compensation to the victim "who has suffered because of his actions".

The magistrates handed Dodd a 12-month community order, 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 160 hours of unpaid work.

They ordered him to pay his victim £500 in compensation amd told him to fork out £85 towards court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Dodd, who covered his face as he left court, was also hit with a restraining order, preventing him from contacting his victim for three years.

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