Revenge Porn: 'The public will be concerned' following Olly Whiting caution, claims internet security expert

Revenge Porn: 'The public will be concerned' following Olly Whiting caution, claims internet security expert

A man who uploaded explicit photos of numerous women was given a caution

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Internet security consultant John Carr claims the public will be worried about the capability of the police to deal with revenge porn following the conclusion of the case against Olly Whiting.

Whiting, a restaurant manager from Eastbourne in East Sussex, was let off with a caution after positing explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend on a website for "sick fantasies" and encouraging people to rape her. 

The 36-year-old also posted a number of pictures of numerous other women on the site, including his own sister. He allegedly published a picture of a 15-year-old, superimposing her face onto a sexual image. 

His victims have been outraged by the case's outcome, accusing Sussex Police of not taking their complaints seriously. And Carr, an expert on internet security, couldn't understand the caution.

"He did such horrible things, and the police gave him a caution," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "On the face of it, it looks a bit weak.

"It's very hard to understand what was going through the police's mind when they made this decision."

Sussex Police Inspector Rachel Barrow said in a statement the force issued Whiting with a caution because of his 'remorse, the nature of the offences and the likelihood of the caution being effective in preventing re-offending'.

But Carr was quick to point out the attention the case has received could prompt a deeper examination into Whiting's conduct. 

"I'm sure after all the publicity, somebody will be looking at it more deeply," he added. "The public will be concerned because these are not light or trivial matters.

"For it to be handled in this way will seem puzzling."