A TEENAGER posted compromising photographs of an under-age girlfriend on the internet after she jilted him and was then found to have child abuse images on his computer.
University student Samuel Adlington, now 20 but 17 at the time of the offences, of Cheltenham Road, Stratton, Cirencester, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court today to seven charges of possessing indecent photos and videos of children.
He was sentenced to do 200 hours of unpaid work and given a two-year supervison order.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offender register for five years and to pay £400 costs.
Adlington had pleaded guilty to having 4 level A indecent images (the most serious category), two at level B and 11 at level C.
Prosecutor Janine Wood said the offences came to light when Adlington's relationship with a 13-year-old girl broke down. She refused to reconcile with him and he then posted intimate photos of her on a social networking site to get revenge.
"As a result, the police became involved," said Mrs Wood. She said Adlington had been just 17 when he committed the offences.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Adlington that although publishing the revealing photos of the girl was not criminal in itself it was "deeply unpleasant behaviour."
"You don't need a judge to tell you that posting those photographs of a young girl on social network sites was a very, very nasty thing to do and new legislation is currently being prepared to make it a criminal offence," said the judge.
"Also, you need to examine yourself as to why a healthy 18 year old, as you were then, should be looking at images of children aged under 10 being grossly abused by adults."
Defence barrister Paul Trotman said: "My client has come a long way since these offences and he has matured. After a disastrous year following his break up from the young girl he has gained a place at university and although after this conviction he will struggle he wants to become a teacher."
Sentencing Adlington Judge Tabor commented that there had been only "a very small number" of indecent images and he had to take that into account.
Last month the government revealed it had looked at a proposal to ban jilted lovers posting revenge porn on the internet without permission.
The practice is said to be becoming a bigger problem in society and has been linked to a number of suicides.