A WARRNAMBOOL teenager who threatened to expose an explicit image of his former girlfriend during a break-up has been ordered to complete a men's behaviour change course.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said Jayden Mabb, 19, of Fairway Crescent, had behaved in a disgraceful way, engaging in intimidating and manipulative conduct.
She said when Mabb didn't get the response he wanted from his former girlfriend he threatened her with the image which must have caused the victim a great deal of distress.
Mabb said he no longer had the image and the magistrate warned him that if he ever found the picture he should immediately delete it.
Ms Toose said similar cases seemed to be more regularly appearing in courts and there needed to be a clear message sent that courts would deal with such offences firmly.
Police said that Mabb and a woman had been in a relationship for 11 months before that ended in October last year.
On October 21 an intervention order was put in place protecting the woman but on January 12 Mabb sent her a Facebook message and she immediately burst into tears because she thought she would no longer have contact with him.
Mabb was in Tasmania at the time but was arrested when he came back to Victoria.
He admitted sending the message and said he previously talked to the woman when he was feeling anxious.
Police said that immediately after the order was put in place Mabb sent the woman numerous messages and on October 31 sent her a copy of the explicit photo, saying he could do anything with it.
He was contacted by police a couple of days later but then refused to take calls from officers.
Mabb said he had been drinking alcohol when he sent the messages and didn't remember sending all of them.
Solicitor Belinda Northey said her client was now in a new relationship, had been employed and had a different mobile phone.
Mabb was convicted, fined $500 and placed on a 12-month community corrections order with the conditions he do 120 hours of community work, assessment, treatment and programs, including a men's behaviour change course.