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Man Sentenced To Jail For 'Revenge Porn' Warns Others

A Sydney man who is one of the first to be sentenced to jail under the government’s new revenge porn laws has warned others not to make the same mistake.

Dylan Jay Kennett, 23, has apologised in an exclusive interview with Ten News for uploading nude images of a teenage girl to a pornography website without her permission.

Kennett has been sentenced to a minimum of five months in jail for one count of distributing intimate images without consent -- a crime which only came into effect late last year.

However, Kennett has appealed his sentence, claiming he’s learned his lesson and doesn’t deserve to go to jail.

He remains free on bail pending his appeal, telling Ten News he’s gained “a better insight on what these sort of things can do to people.”

“I wish I hadn't done it and I wish I hadn't put her through such a thing… I'm sorry,” he said.

Asked what he would say to other potential revenge porn perpetrators, he said “just don’t do it... think... have a good think about what you're really doing to someone”.

According to court documents, Kennett met the 17-year-old girl at a party before the pair began communicating through Facebook Messenger.

After several weeks, Kennett asked the girl to send him naked photos of herself.

One in five Australians have been victim to image abuse. Photo: Getty

Court documents said the victim “felt uncomfortable and delayed for a few weeks” before eventually relenting and sending several nude images.

After the girl ceased contact with Kennett and began dating another man, he uploaded the images to the pornography website Xhamster.com.

He also included images of her at NSW Athletics events, which she regularly participated in.

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She only became aware of the crime when she was contacted by the CEO of Athletics NSW, after a witness alerted the organisation to the images.

In considering his appeal in the District Court last week, Judge John Pickering labelled Kennett’s actions “a serious crime”.

“In many respects, it’s extremely disrespectful of women and it does make you then wonder about (Kennett’s) general view of women… that they’re just their boobs and their vagina, and if you have a picture of it, that’s really all they stand for,” he told the court.

“If a girl wants to be an actress or a politician or a TV presenter, these images will always be dragged out against her.”

Asked why he uploaded the images, Kennett told the court he “just wanted to see what people thought of her”.

He also claimed the practice of sharing intimate images online was “seen as something that’s normal with this generation” and therefore, he did not comprehend the consequences of his actions.

In response, Judge Pickering told the court “sharing a nude image that’s consensual might be normal with this generation”.

“I doubt many people in society don’t think this is a serious crime,” he told the court.

“General deterrence should have real weight here, because if the truth is people don’t think this is a serious offence, then maybe they need to start reading about people going to jail for it.”

Kennett later told Ten News he stands by the claims he made in court.

“Not so much the non-consensual thing, but I feel like it’s something that people these days do more often because it’s so easy to do,” he said.

Judge Pickering ordered Kennett to be assessed for eligibility to serve his sentence in the community before deciding his fate.

He will learn the result of his appeal in November.