|Orthopedic practitioner Oleg Korbut was convicted of theft and criminal harassment in connection with releasing porn shots of a former lover to her friends, family and church-going colleagues.
TORONTO - A Toronto osteopath who sought to ruin his former mistress’ life by disseminating pornographic shots and videos to her family, friends and church pals was slapped Friday with a blended six-month conditional sentence.
Justice Peter Harris handed Oleg Korbut a mixture of house arrest to be served on Monday through Friday - which enables him to keep working and supporting his wife and six-month-old son - plus 90 days of weekends in jail, starting next Friday night.
Harris was sentencing Korbut, 43, for criminal harassment plus stealing his now 30-year-old lover’s cellphone and diary in January 2010.
While the judge said this sentence would signal that the “theft of one’s most private and personal information will not be tolerated. ” He tempered the six-month sentence - by making it conditional, instead of six months of straight jail time - so that Korbut could keep supporting his family.
The victim’s embarrassing videos on the internet cannot be retrieved, so her suffering and embarrassment may never end, the judge sadly noted.
“Unquestionably, Mr. Korbut’s premeditated, escalating campaign in the form of deliberate, callous and vindictive harassment has had a profound and devastating impact on Ms. K’s reputation, her integrity and her self-worth,” said the judge. The victim cannot be legally identified.
Korbut - who had taken sexual photos and videos of the victim during their two-year relationship which he ended in late 2009 - stole her cell phone and diary in January 2010 after she revealed she was seeing another man. Korbut had forbade her from doing so for a year or more.
The Ukrainian-educated medical doctor became enraged and then distributed those images to the email addresses of her family, friends and church-going pals. He also started posting her on online dating websites between Feb. 16, and March 6 2010.
Korbut also dropped off a “Valentine’s Day” gift of a sexually explicit DVD at the home of the woman’s new boyfriend on Feb. 14, 2010.
Korbut “was unable to restrain his scornful attitude towards Ms. K., and referred to her as a ‘whore’ and ‘f---ing scum’ while testifying in his own defence,” noted Harris. “He lacks insight and respect for others. . his unbalanced perspective on gender equality and sensitivity was apparent.”
Korbut is a first offender who enjoys a solid reputation and solid support in the community and represents a low risk to re-offend, said Harris.