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Hounslow man sentenced for revenge porn

Benjamin Lynch of Cambridge Road North in Hounslow was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after facing two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.


The 29 year-old appeared before City of London Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning (24 January 2017) where he was handed the jail term and restraining order.


Lynch had been in a relationship with the victim that ended in December 2016. Following the break-up Lynch contacted his ex-girlfriend to inform her that he had sexual photos of her and that he was going to ‘expose her’.


While the pair had been in a relationship, Lynch knew passwords to the victim’s social media accounts. Using this information, Lynch uploaded 17 sexual images of the victim to her public profile page.


The victim only became aware of what had happened after a friend contacted her about the images. Lynch also discovered via social media that the victim was now in a new relationship. Lynch proceeded to send the sexual images of the victim to her boyfriend via WhatsApp.


The victim immediately contacted the City of London Police and a robust investigation was launched.


Detectives from the City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) arrested Lynch on Wednesday 3 January and questioned him in relation to the distribution of the images. Lynch denied any involvement stating he was ‘not technically minded’ and had no knowledge of any photos being uploaded to his ex-girlfriend’s profile.


Upon his arrest, Lynch’s home was searched and a number of items, including iPads and mobile phones were seized. Although he initially denied having one, detectives also searched Lynch’s work locker and found a mobile phone still logged into a messaging app in the name of the victim. 


City of London Police interviewed Lynch for a second time on Monday 23 January when he was charged and remanded in custody.


Detective Constable Deborah O’Loghlin-Whitby, from the City of London Police Public Protection Unit who led the investigation said: “In publishing these images, Benjamin Lynch caused deliberate embarrassment and distress to the victim and knew full well the significant impact this would have on her.


“Lynch not only broke the trust with which they had been taken, he also broke the law.


“I must also commend the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting this to police. I hope that this sentence can begin to bring some closure for the victim so that she can move on from this incident.”


Detective Inspector Anna Rice, who heads up the City of London Police Public Protection Unit said:

“Such cases can have a huge emotional impact on the victims and I want to be clear that when you come to us you will not be judged, specially trained officers will support you through the investigation and any subsequent court hearings.”

“This case sends a strong message that we in policing take reports of revenge porn extremely seriously and will work hard to bring offenders before the courts. I want to commend the work of the officers, both within PPU and the High Tech Crime Unit, who worked incredibly hard to bring this case in such a swift manner.”

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