A HUSBAND who shared sexually explicit photographs of his ex-wife on the internet without her consent was “motivated by revenge”, a court heard.

Christopher Jenks, of Bulford Hill, Durrington, uploaded around 65 pornographic images to the social networking site Tumblr after their 18-year marriage ended.

The pictures were commented on and shared thousands of times and were found by the victim when she looked the 48-year-old’s phone.

Salisbury magistrates’ court on Thursday heard that Jenks and his ex-wife had taken the photographs in the early 2000s and the couple had an agreement to delete the images if the relationship ended - but Jenks denied that any pact had existed.

And after the victim decided to move back to Yorkshire, taking their three children, Jenks decided to upload the images.

In a statement, the victim said: “I feel embarrassed, humiliated, ashamed, cheap and very upset. There were really sexually explicit comments on the photos of what Mr Jenks or others wanted to do to me - it made me feel like a piece of meat.”

Magistrate Elaine Stallard heard that it was not possible for the photos to be erased due to the amount of times they had been shared.

The victim said in her statement: “This nightmare will never end.” She has now given up her job and does not want to work with the public for fear that someone may have seen the images of her.

“I have had to tell my family about the images which I felt embarrassment and shame. How could a father do this to the mother of his children?

“I loathe what he has done to our daughters and to me.”

In mitigation, psychiatric nurse Jenks said that at the time of the incident he was mentally unwell, which the victim disputed.

Defending, Trevor Line said Jenks suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after he was attacked by two patients, and had witnessed a car accident in 2001 which affected his mental health.

Mr Line added that Jenks was “very very alone” when he uploaded the images as his former partner had left and he was unable to see his children.

He added: “Mr Jenks finds it very hard to believe when [the victim] talks about the affect it has had on the whole family.”

Jenks admitted disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress at an earlier hearing. He also admitted possession of cannabis and having a knife in a public place after the items were found on him during his arrest.

In sentencing, Mrs Stallard said: “We want to give you help to get over these problems.”

Jenks was handed a 12-week sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.

He must also complete 20 rehabilitation days and pay £200 in court costs.

Mrs Stallard added: “We have given you this sentence because you have caused your ex-partner significant distress and no wife should expect this of their husband.”