Nepalese Student Charged Over Alleged 'Sextortion' Of Ex-Partner
A 25-year-old man is accused of threatening to post intimate photos and videos of his now-married ex-girlfriend online.
Police say the Nepalese man has lived in South Australia since June and attends the University of South Australia. He also works as an Uber Eats driver.
He was arrested on Wednesday at an Adelaide home and faced court on Thursday charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.
Police also seized electronic devices for forensic examination.
It's alleged the pictures were taken with the woman's consent, but the man threatened to post them on social media and send them to relatives after their relationship ended.
The victim now lives in the UK and is married.
“This case shows it does not matter where you live, the AFP is uniquely positioned with officers based around the world and with strong international networks, to investigate and prosecute crimes conducted across international borders,” AFP Superintendent Gail McClure said.
Supt McClure said sextortion is a form of blackmail where someone threatens to share intimate images of you online unless you give in to their demands.
These demands are typically for money, more intimate images, sexual favours, revenge or in an effort to embarrass or humiliate the victim.
“Online threats of this nature can be devastating for victims, and the AFP encourages people who fall victim to these despicable acts to report the matter to the police,” she said.
“Our message to people in this situation is that nothing is so bad that you can’t tell someone. While it can be a complex and difficult situation, we want to reassure you that it is not your fault and there is help available.”
It's not yet known where or when the images were taken, or if the accused demanded money or anything else in return.
The accused was remanded in custody until another hearing next month.