Man Convicted Of ‘Revenge Porn’ After Posting Videos Of Ex-Partner On Swinging Websites
A builder who posted naked images of his then partner on swingers websites has been convicted following a two-year police investigation.
Darren Rowe, from Rowley Regis, was tracked down after officers traced the online activity to a house in Stourbridge where he was doing building work.
The 49-year-old admitted two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress at Wolverhampton Crown Court last week.
His partner became aware of the images being posted to porn and swingers websites in June 2017 when a friend asked her about them.
The 39-year-old initially contacted police fearing they had been posted by a former friend following a falling out.
She later discovered images and a video were also being posted on various messaging platforms.
And over the following few months, she had unknown men turning up at her home saying they had had conversations with her online and had been invited round.
Rowe initially denied any involvement, but police traced an email address linked to the images to a property in Stourbridge, where Rowe had been working at the time.
When officers arrested Rowe, they found several mobile phones and electronic devices, including data which connected him to the images of his then partner.
After the court case, the victim said:
“Darren put me through hell and affected my mental health, all while trying to convince me that he was here to help me.
“I believe he put me in danger for his own enjoyment, and I would encourage any other woman going through something like this to report it.
“I loved this man unconditionally, and for the man, you love to try and destroy you mentally is something that you don’t ever get over.
“You learn to live with it daily, unfortunately, but time is a good healer.
“If anyone is going through this, I beg you to speak out; you are not alone.
“Tell a friend or a family member. I know it’s hard, but you can break free.”
PC Lee Newell, of Force CID in West Bromwich, said
“This has been a long and complex case.
“But our investigations revealed that the only person linked to an email address used to transmit the material was in fact, Rowe.
“His victim has suffered a distressing onslaught of online abuse. But following this conviction, we now wish her well for the future.”
Rowe was sentenced on 21 October to a 12-month jail term suspended for two years.
He was also given a two-year programme requirement including 25 days rehabilitation activity, ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, given a restraining order for five years and a sexual harm prevention order for five years.