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Man in court over nude pics posted on Facebook

A FORMER Ipswich student has found himself in court facing a possible jail term after posting nude photographs on a social media website.

In response to a feud with a 15-year-old girl from school, Jeremy James Vucko, 18, posted nude, close-up photos of a woman's breasts and genitals on the girl's Facebook page.

In February last year he texted the girl and invited her to look at the photos, which he had publicly noted were of her - even though they weren't.

Vucko pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court yesterday to wilfully exposing a person under the age of 16 years to indecent images.

Judge Greg Koppenol told Vucko the crime carried a possible maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Crown prosecutor Shelly Francis said the offending conduct had come into play because Vucko told the underage girl to view the images.

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Ms Francis said Vucko's actions had caused the girl grief and as a consequence led her to skip school and self harm.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough described the incident was "a momentary error of judgement".

Mr Fairclough said Vucko had tried to quickly correct his actions by removing the images within hours after he had posted them.

But Judge Koppenol said by then the damage was already done.

"The girl had seen the images and so had her friends," he said. "As a result she got rubbished at school, suffered embarrassment and - so often happens with young people - she self-harmed and skipped school.

"And this was all because of the stupid actions that you took.

"Even if they are momentary, actions can have consequences...and can affect people very severely."

Vucko was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

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