Posting nude pictures of ex on Facebook 'ruined her life'
A teenager has been jailed for posting nude photographs of his former girlfriend on a Facebook site with 77,000 members.
Connor Valli, 18, posted three partially nude pictures of the then 15-year-old girl to the Dirty South Facebook page, along with derogatory comments and an offer to sell her for $1.
The girl said Valli's actions had "ruined her life", Judge Stephen Coyle said in the Dunedin District Court on Friday as he jailed Valli for nine months.
By tagging her on the page, the post could be seen by any of her 1000 Facebook friends. It was later removed by Facebook.
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Valli's actions were clearly designed to "humiliate her and make her feel worthless", Judge Coyle said, as the teen remained with his head bowed during his sentencing.
The judge approved a media application to take Valli's photograph, as the community needed to know that if they "engage in this kind of behaviour, they will be named and shamed".
Valli could not hide behind anonymity, as he had no such consideration for his victim.
Judge Coyle said the case should serve as a warning to others as the issue was becoming a "huge problem in society".
Valli faced several charges, including causing harm by posting a digital communication, careless driving, drink-driving, speaking threateningly, and resisting police.
The court heard Valli had been in a relationship with the victim when she sent him three photographs of herself in various stages of undress.
He began to see one of her friends after the relationship ended.
The girl was upset about the break-up and contacted him, but Valli threatened to post the photographs of her.
Valli, who had been drinking and was encouraged by his friends, later posted the pictures on Facebook, wrote "degrading and humiliating" comments, and offered to sell her for $1.
The victim was contacted by family and friends about the post, and Valli admitted to police what he had done.
He was later arrested after an argument with another woman and becoming aggressive while in the presence of police.
Judge Coyle said while Valli may have been influenced by friends when posting the photographs, he "clearly thought about it beforehand".
"Your actions on that day have had a huge and devastating impact on your victim."
She felt worthless and began self-harming, it had affected her education, she had been bullied, and she felt scared.
That one click of the button had a "devastating consequence on her and will continue to have those consequences for a long time", the judge said.