Revenge porn: Saskatchewan man forced to pay $160,000 in damages

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Revenge pornography: Saskatchewan man forced to pay $160,000 in damages

This is one of the largest punitive amounts imposed for a such a crime in Canada.

Since 2015, distributing intimate photos and videos of a person without their consent has been a crime in Canada.

Saskatchewan Daylan Heidel has been convicted by the Court of King's Bench to pay $160,000 in damages to one of his six revenge porn victims.

Daylan Heidel is accused of uploading nude photos and sex videos of his ex-girlfriend to porn sites without her consent.

He also published the victim's personal information and offered bonuses to Internet users to encourage them to relay these videos and photos.

One ​​of these videos has been viewed 1 .5 million times.

CBC/Radio-Canada is withholding the name of the victim in this case due to a publication ban on his identity.

Since 2015, distributing intimate photos and videos of a person without their consent is a crime in Canada.

Several provinces, including Saskatchewan, have made changes to privacy rights to allow victims of this type of crime to bring civil lawsuits to seek compensation from their abusers.

Presiding judge Krista Zerr called Daylan Heidel's behavior egregious and outrageous.

In pronouncing his judgment, the judge added that he intentionally inflicted mental distress on the victim by uploading the personal information and his intimate photos on pornographic sites.

The victim said she lived in fear and anxiety.

“I spent hours searching the internet for my photos overnight and reporting them immediately, hoping they would be taken down before other people saw them. »

— One of six victims of Daylan Heidel

In a legal document, Daylan Heidel accepted the charges and claimed that he suffered from cocaine addiction during his the period during which he made these uploads.

“For several years I have had serious alcohol and addiction problems. These issues led me down a very dark path where my reasoning and judgment were compromised.

— Daylan Heidel

Daylan Heidel's attorney, Ron Piché, said his client will not be able to afford the damages which are imposed on him.

Ron Piché also appealed on behalf of his client, because he does not agree with the fact that the judge ruled on this case without going to trial.

With information from Bonnie Allen

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