A 22-year-old library assistant has been arrested after posting fabricated photos of his girlfriend being held and humiliated in a room.
The suspect, surnamed Lai, is facing charges relating to “access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent” and “wasting police manpower”, Apple Daily reports.
The Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB) launched an investigation on Wednesday after the photos surfaced on the popular internet discussion board Golden Forum.
In the photos, a girl is seen handcuffed on a bed and being maltreated, with her hands covering her face.
Some netizens reported the incident to the police, saying the girl’s life might be in danger.
Investigations by CSTCB showed that the photos were reposted from an adult website. Officers later traced the IP address to Lai’s computer.
Lai was arrested Wednesday night from his Cheung Sha Wan flat.
Police said Lai posted the photos on the adult forum on Dec.15 after he and his girlfriend, identified as the girl in the photos, decided it would be fun to stage a “shocking show” in which she pretended to be his “rental girlfriend” getting punished by him for refusing sexual favors.
He later added words to say the show was fictional. He then deleted it from the website.
Barrister Albert Luk said putting false information online is a crime, adding that the charge of “access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent” stands even before a crime has been committed.
But solicitor Leung Wing-hang said Lai should not bear any legal responsibility since the photos were intended for adults only and he had claimed they were not true.
A director at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups urged netizens not to spread false information online, saying such acts might prevent the police from detecting real crime, Headline Daily reports.
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