Nude girl video filmed at party earns Okotoks teen scolding from judge
3 teens were charged with distributing intimate images without consent
A judge in Okotoks scolded a teen who admitted to videotaping a partially nude female schoolmate at a party and sending it to his friends.
The now-18-year-old was charged with voyeurism and distributing intimate images without consent in 2015. On Thursday, he was placed on a year-long peace bond and given a list of conditions to abide by after admitting the facts of the crime.
In December 2015, the teen — and two others who were also charged with the same offence — were elite high school athletes in Okotoks.
The new criminal code charge of distributing intimate images without consent came into effect in March 2015. It was the first time the charge was laid against youths in Alberta.
The identities of three boys and the victim are protected by a publication ban.
Provincial Court Judge Gord Wong admonished the young man and asked what he was thinking, pointing out that the effects of this type of crime on victims have the potential to be tragic.
Two of the boys have already been dealt with in court — one was also placed on a year-long peace bond last week while the other received alternative measures.
None of the boys will have criminal records.
On Thursday, the third young man admitted he was a party when he followed one of his friends and the girl into a bedroom and videotaped the two who were getting intimate.
Hepner's client is now a student at the University of British Columbia and plans to do some of the 80 hours of court-ordered community service in Vancouver.
He also wrote a letter of apology that was given to victim on Wednesday. Hepner says his client is remorseful.
"That doesn't diminish the impact this has had on the victim and her family but he truly is remorseful," said Hepner.
The girl's father wrote a victim impact statement but did not want it read aloud in court.