SINGAPORE- When his ex-girlfriend refused to rekindle their relationship, Peter Lee Chia Wee decided to take revenge by distributing a picture that he had secretly taken of her lying naked on her bed.
They had broken up in 2011 but when Lee, 21, visited his ex-girlfriend's flat in Geylang East in January this year, he stayed over and they became intimate. In the middle of the night, he took the picture of her.
When she rejected the idea of resuming their relationship, he set up a Facebook account under a fictitious name, "Rytech Tan", and on March 3, he sent the picture to her and two of her friends from this account.
"Tan" also threatened to circulate the picture to her parents and other friends.
A while later, Lee sent a text message to her mobile phone to inform her that he had received the image from someone called "Rytech Tan".
Lee then created a phony conversation with "Tan" on Facebook, demanding to know his motive in circulating the picture.
He took a screenshot of this conversation and sent it to his ex-girlfriend so as to evade suspicion.
She went to the police the next day. After lodging the report, she sent a text message informing Lee about it.
He realised that the game was up and confessed to her.
A district court yesterday sentenced him to 1/2 years of probation. He also has to perform 100 hours of community service.
He had pleaded guilty last month to insulting the modesty of his ex-girlfriend by taking a picture of her while she was naked without her knowledge.
He also admitted to transmitting the picture by electronic means to her Facebook account.
The two charges of sending the picture to her friends were taken into consideration by the judge when passing sentence.
For insulting his victim's modesty, he could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $10,000.
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