Man emails video of naked girlfriend after break-up
WHAT began as a joke – a man filming his drunk, naked and vomiting girlfriend – ended in humiliation for the woman after he leaked the content to a friend following their break up.
Jason Leslie Lette “took selfies” with the woman as she was being sick in a toilet and he was holding her hair.
Mackay Magistrates Court heard it was not a classic case of “revenge porn” but more a misguided stunt.
On November 1 last year the victim had been drinking with Lette, 38, at their Blacks Beach home and their pair became quite drunk.
She has little memory of the day apart from vomiting.
Prosecutor Harry Coburn said a few days later Lette showed her a number of photos he took on his phone from that day.
“She saw a video of herself in the bath and she was yelling at Lette to stop filming her,” Mr Coburn said.
The court heard she also saw images of her vomiting in the toilet and on the ground.
“The victim states she was either naked or only in her underwear,” Mr Coburn said.
Then in January Lette told his then-girlfriend he was making a video of her using a collage of the drunk photos put to music and texted her the film.
Mr Coburn said the pair broke up that month and in February the woman received a Facebook message from a friend of Lette’s that he had been emailed a video of her in her underwear and naked.
The email had been sent by Lette.
Mr Coburn said while the woman was naked, at no point was her genitalia exposed.
Lette pleaded guilty to distributing an illegal video and observations or recordings in breach of privacy.
Mr Coburn said “personal and general deterrence looms large”.
“In this case it appears (Lette) has taken the video in what might be considered good humour but then that’s taken a more sinister turn (when) he distributed that after the end of the relationship,” Mr Coburn said.
Defence solicitor Steven Hayles, of Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors, said on the day the pair were drinking in the spa area and the woman had been wearing a bra and undies as swimmers.
Mr Hayles said the offending occurred after the woman called Lette inside to help her as she was being ill – he photographed and “took selfies” with her while holding her hair as she vomited.
The court heard there were also images of her in the shower washing herself but there were no breasts or pubic areas visible.
“(Lette) says that his initial intention was to show (the woman) the impact that her consumption of alcohol was having on her,” Mr Hayles said.
“He said that he previously had discussions with her about this but she would dismiss the comments (he) made to her saying she didn’t recall that behaviour occurring.”
Mr Hayles said his client accepted his conduct was “misguided” and he was sorry for the distress he caused the woman.
The court heard he had no recollection of sending the recording and was no longer on good terms with that former friend.
Mr Hayles said his client had no criminal history, had entered early guilty pleas and pushed for no convictions to be recorded.
Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan labelled distributing the video as quite “bizarre” behaviour and agreed it was immature conduct for someone his age.
Ms Hartigan also agreed it sounded like the conduct began as a joke and it did not have the same flavour as revenge porn in that there was no sinister purpose in sending the video to his former friend.
“It’s seems completely inexplicable,” Ms Hartigan said.
“(The email) wasn’t accompanied with any words or any slurs … but obviously as you appreciate that caused her humiliation.”
Lette was fined $1000 and convictions were not recorded.