Man jailed for uploading sex video with ex-girlfriend onto porn website

·Senior Reporter
·2 min read
Hooded man at a laptop
Hooded man at a laptop (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A man who found videos of himself and his ex-girlfriend engaged in sexual activities in his old laptop decided to upload one of them to a pornographic website.

The 26-year-old man did not mean any malice or had anything personal against the woman, but had done so in a momentary lapse of judgement, said his lawyer Raphael Louis.

The 25-year-old victim came across one of her intimate videos while she was searching the internet and noticed that the user who had uploaded it had a moniker that her ex-boyfriend used for most of his social media accounts.

The man was jailed 11 weeks on Thursday (18 November) after he pleaded guilty to one count of distributing the intimate video, and one count of possessing 692 obscene videos. A charge of a similar nature was taken into consideration for sentencing.

The man cannot be named due to a gag order protecting the identity of his ex-girlfriend.

The couple dated from 2013 to 2016. While in a relationship, the man recorded videos of himself in sexual acts with the woman, with her consent. After the relationship ended, the woman asked him to delete all their sexual videos, and he told her that he had done so.

In February last year, the man found his old laptop and unearthed videos of himself having sex with the woman.

He uploaded one of these videos onto a porn website on 9 March last year. The victim’s face was visible in the video and she was fully naked. The video was viewed more than 3,000 times.

On 1 April last year, the victim was surfing the internet when she found the video had been uploaded onto the website. She made a police report the next day.

The man was arrested on 7 April last year and his laptop, mobile phone and portable hard drive were seized for investigations.

The Infocomm & Media Development Authority assessed the files on the laptop and found that 692 video files were obscene. The man had either recorded these videos, downloaded them from the internet, or received them from other people.

In mitigation, Louis said his client thought that he had deleted everything.

“There was no act of lying to the victim, he honestly thought all the videos were deleted at that point. It was only later that he realised for the first time some were not deleted and at that point without any malice or anything personal against the victim, in a momentary lapse of judgement, he uploaded the video.”

His client has since apologised and has made restitution to the victim, said Louis.

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