Man sentenced after posting nude photos of ex on Facebook

It's a very rare thing for someone to be arrested and charged for posting inappropriate photos of someone else online without their prior permission or knowledge. Yet, that's exactly what happened to 20-year-old Ravshan ''Ronnie'' Usmanov in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Usmanov was sentenced to a six month jail term for posting nude photos of his former girlfriend on Facebook.

The story reports that Usmanov was unhappy that his ex-girlfriend had left him and in October 2011 posted six nude pictures of her on Facebook. She then found out about his actions and went to Usmanov's home in the town of Pyrmont demanding that he take those images down. When Usmanov refused, she decided to call the police.

In her decision to sentence Usmanoc, Deputy-Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley wanted to send a message to him as well as others who might want to launch similar online attacks. Mottley said:

New-age technology through Facebook gives instant access to the world. Facebook as a social networking site has limited boundaries. Incalculable damage can be done to a person's reputation by the irresponsible posting of information through that medium. With its popularity and potential for real harm, there is a genuine need to ensure the use of this medium to commit offenses of this type is deterred.

Usmanov did plead guilty to publishing an indecent article but also tried to appeal the six month jail sentence which was to be served via home detention. An appeals court judge did confirm the original sentence but removed the home detention portion, instead giving Usmanov a suspended sentence.

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warwagon said,
Pictures or it didn't happen!

Was thinking the exact same thing .. what is this censorship? ... let us all see it and judge it ... pffff .. selfish vaginas ... vegetables ... I meant to say vegetables ...

zeta_immersion said,

Was thinking the exact same thing .. what is this censorship? ... let us all see it and judge it ... pffff .. selfish vaginas ... vegetables ... I meant to say vegetables ...

free speech problem. it's the girls fault for having nude photos taken. something you probably shouldn't do until your married. All she did was make sure everyone will see her photos because now everyone will want to see them. Sure hope she's happy.

Everybody knows you post it on more anonymous sites such as 4chan or Reddit, or... Neowin. Or at least use a fake Facebook profile when posting! C'mon now.

Also, link to pics?

Wow... Why not show some respect here? For amateur photos of naked people, visit the gonewild subreddit or something. Where they actually give consent. Sometimes these threads are more than a little disturbing.

Open Minded said,
If someone is stupid enough to have naked pics taken of them and letting others have access, well... too bad so sad.

My thoughts exactly. Its like when some girls dress slutty and get offended when people stare at them

Open Minded said,
If someone is stupid enough to have naked pics taken of them and letting others have access, well... too bad so sad.

If the pictures were taken with full consent, then yeah I have to agree.

However, it's not morally right to post the nude pictures. Whether it's legally right... I'm not a lawyer, and states have different laws too I'm sure.

Ad Man Gamer said,
They must be new to the Internet. Everybody knows that you post nudes on that board that shall not be named.

usually that means sticking a v in from of amateur you figure it out..

If the pictures were taken with her consent and they were his (he didn't go steal them off her computer/account or something) then I don't see what law would have been broken. They're HIS pictures and she shouldn't have been dumb enough to let him have them. On the other hand if he took them without her permission or stole them from her then yeah, nail the dude to the wall.

Sounds like an argument in eastenders:

"She then found out about his actions and went to Usmanov's home in the town of Pyrmont demanding that he take those images down. When Usmanov refused, she decided to call the police."

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