A scorned ex-boyfriend has confessed to posting a sexually explicit image of his former partner on her Tinder dating account.
Berkeley's Phillip Aquilina, 24, plead guilty to intimidating his ex-girlfriend, and was sentenced to a 12-month community corrections order in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday.
Court documents reveal, the couple were in a relationship for four years before they split in late 2017 after Aquilina was "staying up, working long hours and not being affectionate" towards the victim.
The pair got back together a month later when Aquilina "promised to change" however the relationship finally ended in April this year.
The day after the split, the victim reactivated her Tinder account and used a picture of her and a friend on her profile.
On April 27, the victim woke up to her phone vibrating and saw a Tinder flame symbol indicating she had a notification on the dating app.
She had a message from a man which said "put some clothes on and hop on".
She saw a photo on her profile had been changed to a sexually explicit one of the lower part of her body and the bio on her profile was also changed to "another day, another dick".
The victim knew the image was of her as she recognised the dress and the background showing her furniture and television.
She had not given permission for the photo to be taken, distributed or posted to her Tinder account.
The victim said when she and Aquilina were together, she used his laptop and mobile phone to access her social media accounts.
She said they knew each other's passwords and she would not log off from her online accounts while using his devices because she "trusted" him.
Aquilina admitted to posting the intimate image of the victim when interviewed by police.
In court during the sentencing, Magistrate Roger Clisdell labelled the offence a "demeaning intimidation of someone" Aquilina cared about for four years and said it "borders on revenge porn".
"Why people have a Tinder account, I don't know," he said. "It is an invitation for consensual activities rather than meeting someone."
"I might be old fashioned but what about meeting face-to-face?"
Magistrate Clisdell said he had seen a rise in internet offending with the proliferation of social media.
"Thank God for Facebook otherwise I don't think I would have a job," he said.
"There must be some deterrence for what is posted online. Once a photo is up there, it is there forever."
Magistrate Clisdell said he was satisfied Aquilina had learnt his lesson.
An apprehended violence order will remain in place for two years which prohibits him from contacting the victim.