Nov 15, 2010 23 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
A New Zealand man looking to get back at his ex-girlfriend by posting a naked photo of her on Facebook is heading to jail.
Twenty-year-old Joshua Simon Ashby will serve four months in jail after he pled guilty to a charge distributing indecent material on Friday, an act which was described as one of “irresponsible drunken rage” by presiding judge, The Dominion Post reports.
The act of online revenge was one of several charges to which the young man pled guilty. He was also accused of threatening to kill, willful damage, theft and assault.
It is believed that this is the first time someone has gone to prison for using Facebook in such a manner.
Ashby and the unnamed woman had been dating on and off for nearly five months before the incident occurred over the summer. The photo was posted via her Facebook profile, which has since been closed, according to the Post.
“Technology can’t be used in this way,” Judge Andrew Becroft warned.
Ashby had threatened his former lover via text messages in July, in which he said “I’m going to kill you.” In another incident, he stole two of her dresses and destroyed them, and another time knocked her down and broke her cellphone.
It was during this period that he posted the racy photo, which featured her naked in front of a mirror, the Post reports.
Although it was initially open to just her Facebook friends, Ashby altered the settings to make it available to the more than 500 million people who use the website, then altered her password so she could not remove it.