The sentencing hearing was held Thursday morning in Halifax in provincial court.
Judge Gregory Lenehan also ordered the man to undergo a mental health assessment.
"This may be weighing on you more than you realize," he said. That he was probably raping her when the photo was taken would certainly support that. It's too bad that Rehtaeh didn't have that kind of support when she was alive.
The judge also reinforced an existing order barring the man from contacting the Parsons family or the man who took the photo. This, I believe has to do with threats he or his family made against Rehtaeh's family as they pressed for some kind of justice for their daughter. It was only after a national outcry and possibly pressure from the Prime Minister of Canada that any charges were laid at all.
The man's criminal record will be visible for five years, a departure from the usual procedure of sealing youth convictions.
The judge told the man, who recently turned 20, that he accepted his claim that he did not participate in the bullying against Parsons.
But added: "This was a big crime, the consequences were tragic; they were the worst possible."
The man faces separate charges of assault and making death threats.
The pre-sentence report says the man cried when he learned Parsons had died.
"You should have been crying while she was alive," Lenehan told the man.
He said the photo was a "gross violation of the personal integrity of Ms. Parsons" and that the man had shown "utter contempt for Ms. Parsons," saying she was "no more than a prop for his enjoyment."
The man spoke to the court earlier. He said things have been "twisted."
"I made a huge mistake," he said, adding that he had apologized to Parsons in the days after the photo began circulating and felt guilt for sharing it.
"I will not live with the guilt of someone passing away." Huh?
Both the Crown and defence lawyers recommended probation.
The photo shows Parsons and the 17-year-old both naked from the waist down, with him pressed against her. He's looking at the camera and giving a thumbs-up.
For whatever reason, the reporter neglected to mention that Rehtaeh was vomiting out a window while this nut-case was helping himself. In my books, that's rape.
It's not too often you actually get a photo of a rape in progress, but somehow the Nova Scotia Attorney General's office missed that. Consequently, no-one was charged with rape, neither was anyone charged with bullying, nor did the guy in the picture or the guy taking the picture spend a minute behind bars.
The photo is now a sealed court exhibit.
Parsons, who learned of the photo when it appeared on social media, faced intense bullying over it and took her own life in April 2013.
The teen who took the photo pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography in November. He also received a suspended sentence.
Murray Segal, a former Ontario attorney general who was appointed to run an independent inquiry into the handling of the case, is expected to return to Nova Scotia next month to resume the work that was put on hold when the court cases were launched.
I hope and pray Mr. Segal's inquiry will make some sense this nightmare.