Gold Coast man fined $5000 for posting naked photos of former girlfriend to online dating apps


A SECURITY guard has been fined $5000 for posting naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend to popular online dating apps after they broke up.

The “gross breach of trust” was only discovered when the woman went through her former partner’s mobile phone.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to distributing prohibited visual recordings.

The photos posted to dating apps Fling and Kik included pictures of her naked and also performing sexual acts.

Prosecutor Michelle Husar said the woman found the images and profile on the man’s phone in June last year.

Ms Husar said the man had set up a fake account as a female and used the photos of his former partner to communicate with men.

One of the naked photos of the woman published had almost 1000 likes.

“She felt sick that this many people saw her naked,” Ms Husar said.

Defence lawyer David Garratt said his client had not posted the photos in revenge.

“There was no malice in what he did — it was out of curiosity,” he said.

Mr Garratt said the man had been going through a bad patch and had recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Mr Garrett argued if a conviction was recorded, his client would lose his security licences.

Magistrate Kay Phillipson said the ordeal would have been quite shocking for the woman.

“What you have done to this woman in my view is a gross breach of trust,” she said.

Ms Phillipson fined the man $5000 and no conviction was recorded.



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