A man who posted revealing photos of his girlfriend on social media after she broke up with him has received a suspended sentence and two years’ probation.
The man was sentenced Sept. 21 in Abbotsford provincial court after previously pleading guilty to criminal harassment.
Two other charges – extortion and distribution of intimate images – were stayed.
The sentence he received was what his lawyer, Alexis Falk, had recommended at his sentencing hearing in August, while Crown lawyer Dorothy Tsui had suggested a six-month conditional sentence (house arrest) and one year of probation.
The court heard that the man continuously called and texted his ex-girlfriend in April 2020 after she broke up with him.
Even after a warning by the Abbotsford Police Department to stop the behaviour, he called the woman between 250 and 300 times over April 24 and 25, 2020.
Interspersed with the calls were numerous text messages, including several in which the man told her to answer the calls or he would post nude photos of her on social media.
On the evening of April 24, he posted several photos of the woman to his personal Instagram account and through the VSCO photo-sharing website. One of the pictures showed her topless.
He then posted a second set of photos to Instagram which showed the victim in her underwear and topless.
When the woman called him and pleaded with him to remove the photos, the man’s response was: “Get back with me and I will take the photos down.”
He was arrested for criminal harassment on the evening of April 26, 2020, and was told by the arresting officer to remove the photos, which he did.
A suspended sentence means he will receive a criminal record if he violates the conditions of his probation and could go to jail.