First person charged under WA’s ‘revenge porn’ laws to plead guilty

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A SPEARWOOD man is likely to plead guilty after he allegedly created a bogus Instagram account to share explicit images of his former partner.

Mitchell Joseph Brindley, 24, was the first to be charged under new WA ‘revenge porn’ legislation which makes the non-consensual distribution of intimate images a criminal offence.

Mr Brindley appeared in Fremantle Magistrates Court on Monday, and the court heard he intends to plead guilty.

Police say he was involved in a relationship with a 24-year-old woman, during which he took consensual intimate images of the woman.

They allege that once the relationship broke down, the man created a false Instagram page in the victim’s name and posted seven intimate images of her without her consent.

Police also alleged when Mr Brindley was charged that when the Instagram page was removed, four other Instagram pages were created in the victim’s name and a total of 10 intimate images were posted.

He was charged with distributing an intimate image of another person without their consent.

He was remanded to reappear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 11.