Teenager sentenced after naming sex abuse victims online

|News, Sexual offences

The sister of a convicted sex offender who posted the names of his victims online has been sentenced.

Sophie Turner, 19, from Liverpool, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on 30 May of two charges of breaching the provisions which grant anonymity to complainants of a sexual offence and two charges of harassment.

She posted the victims' names on the Facebook page of the Liverpool Echo on 25 July 2017 which had published a story shortly after her brother, Jamie Turner. He had earlier admitted making indecent images of a child.

Along with his co-defendant Myles Bell, Turner was also found guilty of several child sex offences following the trial in July 2017.

Turner was sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment in respect of the charges of harassment on 18 June at Liverpool Magistrates’ court.

She was given no separate financial penalty on the breach of anonymity which carries a fine.

Pascale Jones from the CPS said: “Sophie Turner displayed callous disregard for the right to anonymity which protects victims of sexual offences.

“That right allows them to report offences to the police without fearing for their reputation or for the invasion of their privacy.

“After she was charged she used her Facebook account again to make further derogatory comments about the victims.

“She said her account had been misused by someone else but was found guilty at trial.”

Notes to editors

  • Sophie Turner was found guilty of two offences of harassment, contrary to Section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and two offences of breaching the anonymity of victims of sexual offences contrary to Section 1 (1) and Section 5 (1) of the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992
  • Pascale Jones is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service.

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