Photographer Ren Bostelaar faces no charges for posting revealing photos of women online
Ren Bostelaar, a Toronto photographer and comedian, avoided having a criminal record for posting revealing photos of women online without their consent.
Bostelaar agreed to a peace bond, where he is prohibited from contacting the women who accused him of posting their photos online on Tumblr, Reddit, and other websites without their knowledge or consent.
Earlier this year, police investigated allegations from multiple women that Bostelaar posted photos of them online. One of the women claimed that the photos were shared with Bostelaar privately and were not meant to be posted publicly.
The firestorm of allegations prompted Bostelaar to post an apology, where he also admitted participating in online discussions that “included photos of women and their names.” But he denied that he shared images directly sent to him.
Bostelaar’s lawyer said the photographer’s behavior was “inappropriate but not criminal,” and that he had “suffered great shame” from the allegations and the controversy surrounding it.
The photographer and comedy writer is well known in the city’s arts scene as one of those behind popular Twitter account Stats Canada.