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Arnold man sentenced for stalking and indecent images

Hannon was subsequently charged with possession of indecent images and stalking.

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A man who downloaded indecent images of children and stalked a woman has been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court.

Domonic Hannon, 38, of Arnold, was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police after it was reported he had posted inappropriate images of a woman and a child on the internet in August 2018.

It was then reported that Hannon had stalked the woman, entering her house while she was away to take pictures of her possessions and had downloaded multiple images from her social media profiles.

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Hannon was subsequently charged with possession of indecent images and stalking.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to a two-year community order and a 35-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Further to this, he placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Hannon was also given a restraining order until further order, as well as a destruction order for devices at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 25 August 2020.

Detective Constable Rachael Shooter, who oversaw the investigation, said: “Stalking is an obsessive behaviour that can cause incredible levels of distress for victims.”

“It can leave people feeling terrified and can have a huge impact on day to day life.”

“As a force, we will always investigate reports of stalking and take incidents very seriously. Hannon’s actions will have undoubtedly caused distress to his victim.”

“Intruding on his victim’s life in this way is shocking and I would like to commend the victim for their bravery throughout this case.”

“If you think you or someone you know may be a victim or perpetrator of stalking you should ring 101 to report to Police or you can get help and advice from the Stalking Advocacy Service on 0115 9476490 (for women) or 0115 9605556 (for men).”

This year, new legislation was introduced to tackle stalking.

The Stalking Protection Act came into effect on 20 January 2020 and allows courts to impose civil Stalking Protection Orders that enforce conditions on those suspected of stalking.

The aim of SPOs is to enable early police intervention to address stalking behaviours before they become entrenched or escalate, protecting victims from more serious harm.

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