A magistrate yesterday gave a student at Doris Johnson High School a chance to keep a clean criminal record after his victim said she forgave him.
Trevor Brown, 18, of Cowpen Road, faced a maximum of three years in prison for secretly recording a 20-year-old woman having sex with another man and then sharing her private moment in a WhatsApp group.
Instead, Brown, a 12th grade student, was ordered to pay his victim $5,550 in compensation to avoid spending 12 months in prison.
According to the prosecution, the woman went to a home at Old Cedar Way with some friends, including Brown.
After having some drinks, she went into a room and had sex with a man.
A few weeks after the encounter, the victim was with the same man when they saw a video of their private encounter posted in a WhatsApp group called the Bronem Hood.
Brown, whom the victims referred to as TJ, was the group’s administrator, the court heard.
Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said the compensation would help Brown’s victim pay for much-needed counseling.
In her victim impact statement, the young woman asked the court to spare Brown jail because of his youth.
Ferguson-Pratt told Brown that if it weren’t for his youth and his victim’s surprisingly forgiving spirit, he would have been sentenced to prison.
However, Brown remains in custody. He won’t be released until his family pays $2,750.
Thereafter, they will pay the remainder in installments of $400.
Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism at his arraignment on May 7.
He was represented by Troy Kellman. Corporal Samantha Miah prosecuted.