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Probation for sex video threat

A MAN who secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman before sending her video clips of the encounter has been sentenced to probation for his crimes.

Nathan Glenn Arney, 26, of Svensson Heights, hid his phone in a bedroom cupboard and used it to record a woman without her knowledge while he had sex with her early last month.

Days later, he began sending video messages of the sexual encounter to the woman "to get her attention" because he believed she was ignoring him.

He faced court on April 20 and pleaded guilty to making recordings in breach of privacy and using a carriage service to menace or harass.

On that day, prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the distraught woman had gone to the police after receiving the messages.

"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," Sgt Stevens said of Arney.

"She found this very distressing."

When the matter first came to court, Magistrate Jennifer Batts made a temporary suppression order so Arney and his victim could not be identified.

But she yesterday lifted the order saying nothing had been placed before her to persuade her the victim would be aggrieved by Arney being named.

Ms Batts said she had taken Arney's early plea of guilty, his personal circumstances and his criminal history into account in her sentence.

"These matters are of a somewhat serious nature," she said.

Ms Batts fined Arney $1000 and sentenced him to 12 months probation.

When the sentence began last month, lawyer Mary Buchanan said Arney, a father of two, was ashamed of his actions.

"He accepts it was a vengeful, stupid act and he told me this morning he felt like an idiot being here," she told the court.

"He said he is very embarrassed to be here."

Topics:  bundaberg, crime, police, privacy, probation



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