Adelaide-based “Nepalese” student arrested for threatening to distribute “private sexual material” of ex-partner

By Ram Khatry 
28 November 2019

Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators have arrested a Nepalese international student in Adelaide for threatening to upload “private sexual material” of his former girlfriend.

If convicted, the 25-year-old could end up in jail for as long as five years, which is the maximum penalty for such offence.

The man has been charged with “one count of aggravated use of a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence involving the distribution of private sexual material”.

According to Daily Mail, a Commonwealth prosecutor opposed his bail when he appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier today, remanding him in custody to return to court next month.

A press release by AFP has not identified the man as a Nepalese citizen although websites of most national media outlets have.

Police say the intimate videos and images between the accused and his former girlfriend were taken with consent “but after the relationship ended, the man threatened to send footage and images to the woman’s relatives and post them on social media”.

The Nepalese man bragged and told the victim’s family that the Australian police would not be able to touch him because he was not an Australian citizen while the victim, his former partner, lived overseas.

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This AFP image shows the Nepalese man being led away by police following his arrest in Adelaide I Courtesy: AFP

His naive notion and self-confidence were all shattered when AFP officials grabbed him from an Adelaide home yesterday.

“This case shows it does not matter where you live, the AFP is uniquely positioned with officers based around the world and with strong international networks, to investigate and prosecute crimes conducted across international borders,” AFP Superintendent, Crime Operations South Australia, Gail McClure said in the press release.

The AFP investigated this matter after receiving a referral from overseas law enforcement partners, with the alleged offender in Australia and the victim overseas.

Sextortion is a form of blackmail where someone threatens to upload intimate images of the victim onto the Internet unless you give in to their demands.

“Online threats of this nature can be devastating for victims, and the AFP encourages people who fall victim to these despicable acts to report the matter to police,” Superintendent McClure said in the press release, adding, “Our message to people in this situation is that nothing is so bad that you can’t tell someone.  While it can be a complex and difficult situation, we want to reassure you that it is not your fault and there is help available.”

“In addition to the threats and coercion of the offender, victims often feel embarrassment or that they have done something wrong and will be punished by relatives or prosecuted by law enforcement if their actions are discovered,” she further added.

It is understood the man’s electronic devices are being forensically examined by experts from the AFP.

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