North Vancouver man sentenced to 60 days in jail in sextortion case
A North Vancouver man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail this morning for his role in a sextortion case.
The judge presiding over the case of 23-year-old Mark Webber says the role of the sentence was not meant to rehabilitate but to be a deterrent and denunciation to others who are looking at doing the same sort of crime.
In 2007, a teen lost his cell phone and it came into the possession of Webber. It wasn’t until 2012 when Webber threatened to release a sexually explicit video of a young woman found on the cell phone to a list of her Facebook friends unless she sent him five nude photos of herself.
When she didn’t send any additional photos, Webber sent the sexually explicit video to several of her friends and a pornographic website.
The lawyer for Webber was asking for a suspended sentence, while Crown Counsel wanted nine months in jail. The judge ultimately decided on sentencing Webber to 60 days.
“He got a 60-day intermittent sentence, which means serving the sentence on consecutive three-day weekends and then following two years of probation,” Webber’s lawyer Michael Mines told Global News.
“[The judge] did what he was required to do by law and it was a fair and reasonable outcome.”
During the sentencing, the judge said there were several aggravating factors that led to the 60 days but the most disturbing factors was how “mean and hurtful the crime was” and went on to say the only reason Webber hit ‘send’ on that pornographic video was to hurt the victim.
The case strongly resembles the incident involving Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd, who committed suicide in 2012 after being bullied online.