An ex-boyfriend sent naked pictures of his former girlfriend over Facebook Messenger.

Michael Dodd sent 18 photographs of his victim to a male known as 'Ben' as well as four of a woman who looked like her.

All the images were of a "sexual and suggestive" and were taken while the couple were together.

Liverpool Magistrates Court today heard that the woman, who the ECHO has chosen not to name, was even unaware of some of the photos had been taken.

Luke Unsworth, prosecuting, explained that on October 6 this year the victim was informed Dodd, 26, had sent the images of her over Facebook Messenger.

Mr Unsworth said: "The images were naked and of her being in underwear."

He explained they were "sexual and suggestive" photographs of her and a "female resembling her".

He said: "The third-party forwarded them to the victim and she confirmed which ones are her."

Mr Unsworth explained that at a later date 'Ben' confirmed further images of a similar nature were sent to him.

The court heard Dodd gave "full and frank admissions" in a police interview and said he is "now fully aware of the distress caused to the victim" and "was apologetic".

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Mr Unsworth told the court the woman said: "I just don't understand how he could do this to me - I thought we were a team.

"I never wanted him to keep the images, he's stolen my dignity."

He explained that the victim was unable to make a full statement as "the feelings are too raw" and because "she was so upset".

Dodd, of Saxon Road, Moreton, admitted two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs.

Darren Jones, defending, told the court he believed there was a "very low element of planning" as the images were sent as videos which disappear after 10 seconds.

Mr Jones explained that 'Ben' had taken a screenshot of the images and sent them to the victim.

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Mr Jones asked the deputy district judge to adjourn sentencing so a report could be prepared.

Deputy District Judge Jones adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report.

Dodd will next appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on December 29 and was released on conditional bail.

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