A Saskatoon man who posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend to the internet has been found not guilty of theft and mischief, a provincial court judge has decided, because a new Criminal Code provision has not yet passed Parliament.
Judge Shannon Metivier decided the man's actions were "despicable," but not yet illegal since the new provision dealing with publishing intimate images without consent is not yet the law.
According to the May 26 decision, which was published this week to an online legal database, the man and woman had been dating for about six months in 2012. Around the time the intimate relationship was ending, the woman turned to the man for some help with her laptop since he had some skills with computers.
She testified she had used the computer to send an earlier boyfriend photos of herself, in the nude, but she thought she had deleted them from the laptop when that relationship was over.
When the tech-savvy Saskatoon man went to fix her laptop, he found it was beyond repair. The two agreed he could keep the laptop for parts if he helped her set up a new device.
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