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Posting intimate images online earns P.E.I. man 21 months in jail

Six young Nova Scotia men who admitted to exchanging intimate images of at least 20 girls without their consent treated the victims as “objects for the accused's own sexual gratification,” a Nova Scotia judge said Wednesday in handing down conditional discharges.
One of the victims of Brian Joseph MacAdam contacted Charlottetown police in March to report she had discovered nude photos of herself on a website that let users post pornographic photos anonymously. - SaltWire Network

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A man who posted 41 intimate images of women to a website without their consent was sentenced in provincial court Monday to 21 months in jail.

Brian Robert Joseph MacAdam was given credit for six-and-a-half months for time already served, leaving him with 14-and-a-half months of incarceration.

He will be on probation for 30 months following his release from jail.

In August, MacAdam pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including distributing child pornography – a conviction that has earned him the minimum one-year sentence.

Agreed statement of facts read into court Aug. 24 detailed MacAdam’s actions involving several victims.

One of the victims contacted Charlottetown police in March to report she had discovered nude photos of herself on a website that let users post pornographic photos anonymously. Those images showed the woman’s face and her bare breasts, along with her name.

As part of their investigation, police identified several P.E.I. women whose intimate images MacAdam posted to the same website.

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Crown attorney Lisa Goulden told the court in August police seized a tablet from MacAdam, and an analysis showed he was responsible for posting 69 images to the website.

Of those, 41 were considered intimate images, and many had the women’s names as part of the file name. Police also determined a victim in five of the photos was a 17-year-old girl from P.E.I., and MacAdam was aware she was underage at the time they were taken.

Goulden told the court Monday shortly before Judge John Douglas imposed his sentence on several convictions that MacAdam posted images of one woman for revenge while the posting of images of other women “was just a part of his game”.

She noted as a result of the postings, the women were subjected to the threat of stalking and harassment from total strangers.

Police asked the website to remove the photos, which it did.

MacAdam’s life has been described as a struggle beginning with a rebellious childhood that developed as an adult into self-harming behaviour, heavy drug use, loss of employment and even homelessness.

The court heard he is estranged from his family.

MacAdam stood in court Monday to apologize to all of his victims and to extend his sincere regret for his actions.

“I don’t want to minimize or make any excuses for my actions,’’ he said.

MacAdam added that he has come to appreciate the damage he caused the victims by posting intimate images of them.

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