Police have carried out a review after a 36-year-old man from Eastbourne, was cautioned following a report of revenge porn.
The man had been cautioned after he has admitted posting a private sexual photograph and non-sexual photographs from Facebook accounts on a foreign pornographic website.
Superintendent Nick May said, "“These incidents have generated a lot of public interest as to whether or not the police made the correct decision.
"I fully understand the concern and upset it has caused, and apologise for this, especially to the young women involved. We understand that such offences make victims feel very vulnerable so making a decision like this isn’t easy. I have personally spoken to the victims this week and told them that we have listened seriously to their concerns.
"We have gone back and painstakingly reviewed the evidence available in relation to these victims and, taking everything into account that we knew at the time, our decision to caution the 36-year-old man for the offences disclosed was a correct decision in the circumstances. Decisions on whether to caution are often complex and are made by officers on a daily basis. Whilst there are guidelines, the final decision is a subjective one.
"We are aware of the distress these incidents have caused and have done all we can to remove the photographs, contacting the website to request the images be taken down, something that is not in our power.
"There has been learning for the organisation in relation to this case that will be shared within the force.
"We take all reports of offences of this nature seriously and if anyone feels they are a victim of this type of crime, we would encourage them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101."