A MAN who uploaded a video onto the internet of him having sex with a woman, recorded without her knowledge, has narrowly escaped going to jail.
A judge told Adam Taylor that if he had committed the offence after April this year he would have faced a more serious charge and been sent straight to prison.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, only found out about the video recording after a friend contacted her and then sent a link to the porn website site.
It was two days before she built up the courage to check out the site and was horrified to see it showing her performing sexual acts with Taylor and she alerted the police.
When arrested on October 2 last year 28-year-old Taylor claimed he had had her consent to make the recording on his phone.
His mobile phone was seized and the 12 minute film, which had been uploaded, was found as well as two other video clips with them having sexual intercourse, said William Beardmore, prosecuting.
Sentencing him to five months imprisonment suspended for 12 months the judge, Recorder Andrew Long said that “making the recording without her knowledge deprived her of the right to withhold consent”.
He said he had abused her trust and had put a film he had made for his own sexual gratification on the internet.
“You caused her real distress and embarrassment.”
He also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years and made an indefinite restraining order to keep away from the woman.
Taylor, of Ennerdale Road, Leigh, had been due to face trial today but at the last minute changed his plea to guilty to voyeurism. The court heard that he has a previous conviction for sending malicious communication involving sending two unpleasant texts to a former partner.
Phil Astbury, defending, said Taylor, who is unemployed, “expresses regret for his behaviour. He got it horribly wrong.”