A Bracebridge man admitted in court this week that he uploaded sexually explicit videos of a woman to the internet against her wishes.
Appearing virtually in Bracebridge court on Tuesday, Owen Wilkinson, 24, pleaded guilty to distributing intimate images without consent.
Court heard that in December of 2019, Wilkinson made a sexually explicit video with a woman, wherein his face was not shown but hers was.
That same month Wilkinson uploaded the video to the online pornography website Pornhub, court heard.
The woman in the video became aware that it had been posted online and she reached out to Wilkinson to request he remove it. Wilkinson declined to remove the video, so the woman contacted the OPP and Pornhub, who agreed to remove the video.
In her submission to the court, the Crown Attorney said the offence was not a common one in Muskoka, but elsewhere it has led to lengthy jail sentences. She requested 90 days of house arrest, calling it a generous sentence.
The judge agreed it was a very serious matter, but also one that courts are still coming to grips with, in terms of sentencing. He called the offence a serious invasion of privacy and one that could warrant a jail sentence. However, in light of the fact Wilkinson has no criminal record, the judge agreed to 90 days house arrest. He is also forbidden from uploading any information or depictions of the victim in any way.
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