A 20-year-old man who posted nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook was sentenced to six months' jail in a landmark legal case.
..In the first social networking-related conviction in Australian history, Ravshan "Ronnie" Usmanov pleaded guilty to publishing an indecent article.
He was initially sentenced to six months' home detention, but on appeal the sentence was suspended, The Sun-Herald reported.
The court heard that Usmanov posted six photographs of his ex-girlfriend -- showing her "nude in certain positions and clearly showing her breasts and genitalia" -- on his Facebook page in October last year.
He then emailed the woman, who had ended the relationship about three months earlier and moved out of their home, saying, "Some of your photos are now on Facebook".
After demanding Usmanov take down the photos, the woman reported the incident to police.
According to the newspaper, Usmanov told police, "I put the photos up because she hurt me and it was the only thing to hurt her."
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley said as she sentenced Usmanov that she was "deterring both the offender and the community generally from committing similar crimes."
"New-age technology through Facebook gives instant access to the world. Facebook as a social networking site has limited boundaries. Incalculable damage can be done to a person's reputation by the irresponsible posting of information through that medium," she added.
"With its popularity and potential for real harm, there is a genuine need to ensure the use of this medium to commit offenses of this type is deterred."
David Vaile, the executive director of the cyberspace law and policy center at the University of New South Wales, said physical crimes were yet to be taken as seriously as harassment online.
"In this case, he didn't slash her tires in an act of revenge. He slashed her reputation," he said.
^^^ So is 6 months in jail too harsh for the crime OR should he just chalk this one up to "karma is a bitch"?
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