Sex tape blackmailer pleads guilty
A BUNDABERG man, who secretly filmed himself having a sex with a woman and later sent her video messages of the encounter, told a court he filmed the private act to use against her if their relationship ever turned sour.
The 26-year-old Svensson Heights man sent the woman a series of text messages earlier this month containing snippets of their sexual encounter, which happened at his home in March.
The man, who cannot be identified due to a suppression order put in place to protect his victim, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday to making recordings in breach of privacy and using a carriage service to menace.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the distraught woman arrived at the Bundaberg Police Station on Easter Sunday, April 8, after receiving a series of video texts from the man.
"The videos were of the complainant and the defendant involved in intimate sexual activity," Sgt Stevens said.
When interviewed, the man told police that after getting the woman to agree to have sex with him, he went into his bedroom and hid his phone in a cupboard pointed at the bed with the video recording switched on.
"She only became aware the activity had been recorded after receiving the text message," Sgt Stevens said.
"He said he kept the recordings so he had something to hold over the informant if she ever aggrieved him in some way in the future.
"She found this very distressing."
The 26-year-old told police he ended up sending the messages to get the woman's attention after she ignored him for a period of time.
"He said she wasn't taking his feelings for her seriously," Sgt Stevens said.
"To his credit, he hasn't distributed this to other people that we know of but there is a sinister overtone that he was emotionally blackmailing the victim.
"This is a gross invasion of privacy."
Lawyer Mary Buchanan appeared for the man and said he regretted his actions.
"He accepts it was a vengeful, stupid act and he told me this morning he felt like an idiot being here," Ms Buchanan said.
"He said he is very embarrassed to be here."
Ms Buchanan said the father-of-two had had to take some time off work, but was planning to start work interstate later this month.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts adjourned the man's sentence to May 14.