Qld nude photo scandal: Lawyers warn of criminal charges

IF YOU are caught sharing sexy images of ex-lovers online, then be ready to face charges.

Queensland criminal lawyer Emma Aldersea said disgruntled former partners were posting or threatening to post photos online of their exes to get revenge, but may not realise they are breaking the law.

Revelations that hundreds of nude photographs of Queensland women have landed online via a New Zealand website is the latest example of "revenge porn", she said.

The Slater and Gordon lawyer said the images are put online often in anger, but the consequences can be dire.

"Most people who engage in revenge porn act out of emotion - they are usually hurt and are motivated by a desire to get back at their partner - and more often than not they do not think through the consequences of their actions," she said.

"They need to be aware that this sort of conduct is actually illegal and can result in very serious criminal charges, even if they delete the post.

"If you are convicted, you could end up with a criminal record that could impact on your reputation, employment prospects and travel plans."

Because there is no state-specific laws around this, suspects could face Commonwealth charges.

And if you think you can stay hidden because you posted anonymously online, think again, particularly if the photos include someone under 18.

Your internet providers might have already dobbed you in.

If the victim -- the person in the photographs -- is over 18, then the criminal putting the images online could face up to three years in prison.

If the victim is under 18, they could face up to 15 years in jail.



EARLIER: Nude photos of hundreds of Qld women could go back online

THE uploader who posted nude and revealing photos of hundreds of women from "Brisbane and surrounding areas" is threatening to defy a police takedown request.

Police ordered a website to remove the photos of more than 700 women on Tuesday after the pictures re-emerged online.

They had been uploaded to an online forum on Friday, with a link through to a New Zealand-based file-sharing service, but police can't properly investigate the uploader until they receive a complaint.

The photos were taken down on Monday morning without police involvement but had reappeared by Monday night.

On Tuesday, the service complied with a police request to pull the photos down again but it wasn't long before the user behind the upload was promising to re-share them.

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