Ipswich woman convicted over Facebook revenge porn case involving man

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An Ipswich woman has been convicted of revenge porn after posting private sexual photographs of a married man on Facebook.

Kaylea Reid, 26, of Pimpernel Road, posted two intimate images of the man on the Facebook page of a business at which his wife worked, Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.

Reid, who has anxiety and depression issues, broke up with her boyfriend in March this year, Paul Booty, for the defence, told magistrates.

He said the man she later targeted online had initially become a “shoulder to cry on”.

Mr Booty added: “He managed to get hold of her mobile phone number and then he started texting. The texts become flirtatious and things developed.”

When the victim got married, he texted Reid saying he wished she was his wife, Mr Booty said.

Reid and the man also sent private photographs to each other on WhatsApp, an instant messaging service, prosecutor David Bryant told the court.

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On October 5 this year she posted two private sexual photographs of the man on the Facebook page for a business where the man’s wife was a company director, the court was told.

The Facebook page of the business had 4,000 ‘likes’, meaning up to 4,000 people could have seen the photos, the court heard.

Reid felt she had been taken advantage of, Mr Booty said.

He added: “She was trying to be heard.”

He said she now realises she was “foolish and naïve”. He added that the case has caused “just as much humiliation” for her as it did for the victim.

Reid pleaded guilty to disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress – known as revenge porn.

She was given a six-month conditional discharge by presiding magistrate John Ankers and a £20 victim surcharge fee.

In April 2015, it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject’s consent.

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