‘Bitter’ mother avoids prison after sending revenge porn and photos to victim’s family

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A ‘bitter and vengeful’ married mother who sent private sexual films and photos of a man to his 88-year-old father and 16-year-old daughter has escaped prison.

Former school welfare assistant Hilary Ward, 49, from Preston, sent a package of 12 printed color photographs of explicit photos of her victim to his father, a distressed pensioner.

Ward also sent several sets of videos and photos to her victim’s daughter via Instagram, calling her father “ a sick pervert. ”

Preston Crown Court overheard Ward also telling the teenager, “I think it’s absolutely hilarious that the whole universe can now see him perform.”

Ward was arrested after sending a YouTube link to her victim last Saturday, February 29.

The video-sharing website removed the clip almost immediately after discovering its pornographic nature.

The man received a letter with a card in which Ward had written, “My friends and colleagues can’t believe your videos, adding that some” can’t stop laughing. “

Ward was arrested last April, while her 29-year-old husband was present, on suspicion of revenge porn.

Ward told officers, “He sent me pictures and I sent them to his daughter,” before later admitting she did it because she was “hurt.”

The conversation with the husband’s daughter was found during an investigation of her Samsung phone.

Hilary Ward, 49, of Preston, was arrested last year after sending explicit revenge porn to her victim’s daughter, 16, and his father, an 88-year-old pensioner

The court heard that Ward had sent messages including, “Some of your dad’s videos are the perv” and “You can see how sick he was in the head.”

She said to the girl, “I was worried about how he felt about sex all the time” and “Tell your dad to watch YouTube.”

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the man said Ward’s actions had given him sleepless nights and that he felt he had abandoned his daughter.

Lisa Worsley, the prosecutor, said the man’s father destroyed the photos he had received in the mail because he did not want his caregiver to see them.

She told the court: ‘He was afraid his son would suffer and maybe do something crazy.

As a result of the link sent to him, he has reported it to the police.

He also received a letter with photos of him performing sexual acts.

“In this case, the victim is very concerned.”

Chris Hudson, defensively, urged the court to suspend her sentence due to her age, lack of previous convictions and the impact on her child and husband.

He added: ‘This is clearly a very serious matter. It’s some of the actions that were meant to humiliate and hurt, but the problem is that some other people have been hurt too and that’s really unnecessary.

“She felt the only way she could get to him was through his daughter and his father.”

Ward admitted that indecent or offensive messages were sent twice and a private sexual video or photo was made public.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC described the woman’s actions as ‘bitter’ and ‘vengeful’.

But she suspended her eight-month prison sentence for two years due to the effect on her own child’s well-being, Covid’s current prison restrictions, and her public shame.

She said: ‘It was blocked by YouTube, but nevertheless your intentions were clear, it was humiliation and had it been uploaded it would have been available for the world to see.

“This was really, really disgraceful behavior on your part.

“I’ve heard a lot about the effect on you and your family, but what about the effect on your victim and his family?”

Ward, was also subject to a night clock, 120 hours of unpaid work, and a rehabilitation activity.

Plans to further criminalize revenge porn were announced in March this year, threatening anyone who threatened to leak sex tapes or other explicit images of someone without their consent with up to two years in prison.

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