54-year-old charged with improper use of electronic communications network
A man is due to appear in court next month after a video of a couple engaging in a sex act in a taxi was shared on social media.
Police have charged a 54-year-old man with the improper use of a public electronic communications network.
It follows an incident earlier this month where a video of a couple engaging in explicit behaviour in the back of a Belfast taxi went viral.
The PSNI said the man is due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court next month.
A spokesperson added: “As is usual procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.”
A total of three clips of the incident have been circulated online, two lasting around a minute and the other around 20 seconds.
Filmed from the camera in the front of the taxi, the clips show a driver in a Value Cabs uniform with the couple in the back seat.
While the driver appears to keep his eyes on the road the couple engage in explicit behaviour.
At the end of the clip, an awkward exchange follows when the male passenger pays a £17.80 fare plus a £2.20 tip, with the driver heard to comment it was “cheaper than a room”.
Many of the comments swirling around on social media mocked the couple and laughed at the driver’s ‘joke’, but the male passenger later said they had also been subjected to hateful comments and confirmed that a complaint had been made.
It remains unclear how the footage ended up online and the PSNI has previously called on the public not to share it on social media.
Members of the public including friends of the female passenger have also called for the video clips not to be circulated any further.
After making the complaint to the police, the male passenger told the Belfast Telegraph the video had been shared against his will.
He added: “A complaint was made against the company. I started getting racist stuff as well.”
At the time, a PSNI spokesperson said: “We would ask that this footage is not shared.”