Ha­rassed fe­male with ex­plicit texts

‘NAIVE’ PORTMAGEE MAN SENT FE­MALE EX­PLICIT TEXTS AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

A PORTMAGEE man has agreed to pay €4,000 in com­pen­sa­tion af­ter send­ing a se­ries of sex­u­ally ex­plicit texts as well as photos of his pe­nis to a fe­male via Face­book Mes­sen­ger.

De­nis O’Con­nell (aged 21), Ard­cost, Portmagee, ap­peared at Thurs­day’s Ca­her­siveen District Court charged with ha­rass­ment of a fe­male by per­sis­tently com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her on dates be­tween De­cem­ber 13, 2015 and April 6, 2016.

The court heard that this was un­wanted con­tact as the in­jured party was un­known to him and the mes­sages were of a “deeply sex­u­ally ex­plicit” na­ture.

“Was this com­mu­ni­ca­tion un­wanted from the word go, un­re­cip­ro­cated?” Judge James O’Con­nor queried, to which De­tec­tive Garda Richard Naughton replied, “yes”.

De­tec­tive Naughton said that ini­tial cor­re­spon­dence in­cluded com­ments such as “Hey sexy” and “Can I ride you”, to which the vic­tim replied: “Go away you freak”.

A fol­low up com­ment stated: “Sorry do you have any friends up for the ride?”.

The con­tact con­tin­ued for four months with De­tec­tive Naughton stat­ing that there were over 100 com­mu­ni­ca­tions in to­tal from the de­fen­dant, in­clud­ing “a cou­ple of ob­scene photos of the de­fen­dant’s gen­i­tals”.

“Was the con­tact ex­plicit in a nasty way,” the judge asked, and De­tec­tive Naughton replied: “Well there were pic­tures of his pe­nis.”

Mr O’Con­nell has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and has been considered of no threat pre­vi­ously, the de­tec­tive said, adding that there were no spe­cific threats made in any of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

So­lic­i­tor Bren­dan Ah­ern said the first con­tact was made in De­cem­ber 2015 and there were six sep­a­rate dates af­ter that with ap­prox­i­mately 10 mes­sages at a time.

Mr Ah­ern ar­gued that it wasn’t the most se­vere case of sex­ual ha­rass­ment that the court had heard and all com­mu­ni­ca­tion stopped in March 2016.

He added that there was a cer­tain naivety shown by the de­fen­dant, sug­gest­ing that he wasn’t aware of the con­se­quences as he had shown his face early in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“He showed more than that,” the judge re­torted be­fore sug­gest­ing that com­pen­sa­tion be of­fered.

The de­fen­dant of­fered €2,000, to which the judge stated that the sum won’t go too far.

“Maybe she should have stopped it in a more di­rect fash­ion or re­ported it ear­lier, but there was a lot of con­tact from his side,” the judge added.

Mr O’Con­nell then handed €3,000 into the court and agreed to hand over a fur­ther €1,000 to fi­nalise the mat­ter at Ca­her­siveen District Court on Jan­uary 11.

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