Exmouth teenager hacked email accounts and posted sex images
PUBLISHED: 11:02 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:37 07 September 2016
A bored Exmouth teenager hacked into strangers' email accounts and posted intimate sex images of different women online.
Neil Treanor also revealed the names and addresses of his victims who he did not know, but who lived in the same town as him.
He then deliberately shared the sexualised images online, tagging them so their friends and family would view them, leaving the victims deeply distressed.
Treanor, now 24, was given a one-year suspended jail sentence.
His lawyer, Jeremy Wickham, told Exeter Magistrates Court: “Why did he do it? More out of boredom and teenage rage rather than any specific targeting.
”It was the thrill of the chase to see if he could get in to do it.”
Mr Wickham said it was ‘more about voyeurism’ than sexual gratification.
He said Treanor, of Exmouth, was ‘immature and bored’ and unhappy at the time he started doing this when he was a teenager.
He accepted it was a ‘deeply upsetting thing for the ladies’ whose images he put online.
“He had no previous interaction with these ladies at all,” said the lawyer.
He said the offences were more about computer hacking than revenge porn.
Prosecutor David Barnes said: “This case is about this defendant getting hold of images of women and posting them on a website.
“The police received complaints from four women from the local area who said private, intimate sexual images and their names were posted on a website without their knowledge or permission.”
He said people could post them anonymously, but Treanor was traced by his IP address.
The holiday camp worker had hacked into their social media accounts and guessed their passwords – using clues from social media, like the names of their pets.
The victims, who cannot be identified, were made aware by friends and family after their naked and sexualised photos were tagged on social media.
Mr Barnes said Treanor had guessed 100 such accounts and had accessed 15 of them and found sexy images in only a handful of them.
The users of the forum were able to share the naked images and showed users how to access pictures of women they wanted to see naked.
Treanor admitted eight charges – four of computer hacking, three charges of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress and one charge of sending an indecent image by public communication network between 2011 and 2015.
The magistrates said it was a ‘despicable and deeply offensive crime’.
He was jailed for a total of 12 months, suspended for two years. He was also ordered on a 60-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 30-day internet programme as part of a probation order.
He was told to pay £170 costs, but no order was made for compensation to the four women as the JPs said it may rub ‘salt into their wounds’.
They said they hoped Treanor realised how seriously the courts treat ‘the intrusion into private matters that you have perpetuated’.