Brisbane lawyer and DJ fined for uploading sex video without consent

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A judge has fined Brisbane lawyer and DJ Thomas Parer for uploading an intimate video to an anonymous Twitter account without his sexual partner’s consent.

On Thursday, Thomas William Parer pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to one count of distributing prohibited visual recordings, the Brisbane Times reported.

The court heard the 28-year-old posted the video, which was filmed consensually, showing him having sex with another man to an anonymous Twitter account in 2019.

Parer works part-time for Ausdance QLD, but by night works in Brisbane as DJ Sweaty Baby. He founded queer dance party Shandy. He’s performed at various Brisbane venues including The Wickham, The Tivoli and Black Bear Lodge.

Defence lawyer Kurt McDonald told the Brisbane Magistrates Court the complainant consented to the filming of the video. But the other man did not consent to Parer uploading it to his Twitter account, now deleted.

The Twitter account featured similar material Parer had posted.

“Both of them are naked together, but they are not identifiable,” McDonald said.

“The only basis that the identification arose is because the complainant spotted a mark that was only known to him and perhaps partners.”

The other man later became aware of the posted video and confronted Parer, who apologised to him, the court heard.

“It’s really sh___y behaviour on my behalf, it is something I would not normally do… my memory can be a bit dodgy,” Parer told him, the court heard.

Thomas Parer shunned by LGBTIQ community after offence

Lawyer Kurt McDonald said Thomas Parer was “sincerely remorseful” for the conduct and was prepared to pay restitution.

He said his client was heavily involved in his local LGBTIQ+ community.

But as a result of the offence he had “suffered the strong condemnation of his community,” McDonald said.

“He has worked as a workplace advisor for various organisations,” he said.

“You will see these references speak very highly of him, and the work he undertakes includes advocacy for marginalised people in the community, including [LGBTIQ+ people].

“As someone who does go out and do so many good things for the community, to err in this way has come at a great personal cost to him and his standing within the community.”

Magistrate Ross Mack told the court he accepted Parer had made “a grave mistake”. He said Parer did not have any previous criminal history.

“This is not a case where there was a deliberate maliciousness,” he said.

“There was no maliciousness about what you did, but there was certainly carelessness.

“But you were candid with the victim and apologetic.”

The judge fined Thomas Parer $2000 but did not record a conviction.

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