An embarrassed builder has apologised after secretly taking a picture of an officer at Sleaford police station, digitally altering the image to make it obscene and then posting it on Facebook.
Jordan Barrack of Millview Road, Ruskington, took the image on his mobile phone while he was being interviewed by an unsuspecting PC Charles Harris.
He later used the mobile app Snapchat to draw two penises on the image, including one on the officer’s head.
He then sent it to some of his friends before posting it on his Facebook page, which can be seen by more than 1,700 people.
At Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today, Barrack pleaded guilty to posting a grossly offensive, obscene picture on a social media site.
Prosecuting Daniel Pietryka told the Court: “On August 21 at Sleaford Police station he posted a picture on Snapchat and Facebook of PC Harris who had been interviewing Barrack at the station.
“Without the officers knowledge he took a photo and adapted the image by drawing two penises on the officers’ face.
“The image was visible on his Facebook profile and had been seen on Snapchat.”
Barrack was not represented by anyone and told the court: “I am terribly sorry and it was a massive mistake and I shouldn’t have done it.
“Please send my apologies to the officer if I was to see them again I would apologise to them.”
The 20-year-old builder who lives at home with his parents has to pay £400 in compensation to the police officer.
He was ordered to serve a 12 month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work.
Barrack also has to pay £85 of costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Addressing the bench Barrack admitted to the bench: "It was a very expensive photograph and I won't do it again."