When Lu­cas was born I couldn’t pick him up at first as he looked like Thomas. But when I held him I fell in love.

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & -

to stay away from Charley. Dis­trict Judge Fred­er­ick Ruther­ford said Ormsby’s ac­tions were “vile and dis­gust­ing” and told him: “You would have in­tended to cause as much pain as pos­si­ble, with­out any care in the world, for that young lady.”

But as Ormsby started his sen­tence, for­mer wait­ress Charley was still pick­ing up the pieces of her shat­tered life.

She went on: “I was ut­terly ashamed. Peo­ple I didn’t know were send­ing mes­sages to my Face­book in­box call­ing me names and say­ing stuff like ‘nice porno’.

“Be­ing preg­nant I was al­ready con­scious aboutb theh way I Il looked kd and dh there was my naked body on show for ev­ery­one to see.

“Worse still, he’d filmed me in se­cret. It was all so dis­gust­ing.

“He even tried to apol­o­gise to me out­side court when I went for the sen­tenc­ing. He put his hand on my stom­ach and asked ‘how’s my lit­tle boy?’

“I just pushed him off and walked away.”

Charley met Ormsby in Septem­ber 2014 when she was on a ca­ter­ing course at Hull Col­lege – where he was study­ing dance and mu­sic. She fell for him de­spite friends’ w warn­ings to keep clear be­cause he was a cheat. “He was su­per con­fi­dent and more th than a bit in love with him­self,” said C Charley. “My friends kept telling me he was a to to­tal player and not to get in­volved but, st stupidly, I didn’t lis­ten. “We dated for two years and he was qu quite jeal­ous and pos­ses­sive and didn’t wa want me to see my friends, only his. “I was re­ally shocked when I found ou out I was preg­nant but he seemed re­ally ha happy to be a dad.

Pos­ses­sive

“Our“re­la­tion­ship was re­ally off and on but when I found out he’d been cheat­ingh with a cou­ple of peo­ple I knew I didn’t want that for our baby.” Charley had baby Lu­cas last March. Telling of the mo­ment he was born, she said: “I was scared to pick him up.

“He looked so much like Thomas that I wor­ried I couldn’t love him.

“All I could think was that part of him be­longed to the man who had shamed me in pub­lic. But then I held Lu­cas and it all went away.”

Charley now faces the daunt­ing prospect of see­ing Ormsby again as he has ap­plied for vis­it­ing rights. She ad­mit­ted: “I can’t stand the thought of it. How could I ever ex­plain to Lu­cas what his dad did?”

Now she wants more young vic­tims of re­venge porn to stand up for them­selves.

A re­port last Septem­ber re­vealed 61 per cent of cases re­sult in no ac­tion, some­times due to lack of ev­i­dence or the vic­tim with­draw­ing the com­plaint.

More than 200 peo­ple have been con­victed un­der the new law.

A spokesman for the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice said: “Re­venge porn is a par­tic­u­larly nasty crime and we have been bring­ing suc­cess­ful cases to court for some years un­der ex­ist­ing leg­is­la­tion.

“The new of­fence has added to the pow­ers avail­able to pros­e­cu­tors and the CPS will use this leg­is­la­tion to bring the strong­est pos­si­ble cases to court.”

And Charley has no re­grets about turn­ing Ormsby in.

She added: “The best thing I could have done was get Tom con­victed.

“It’s not right that peo­ple get away with hu­mil­i­at­ing their vic­tims and I’d urge any woman to do the same as me.

“The sheer men­tion of his name makes me shiver and feel phys­i­cally ill. I can’t be­lieve I was once in love with him.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.