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Former NHS worker sent explicit images to woman and her son

Worcester Editorial 10th Jun, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A FORMER NHS worker sent explicit photographs to a woman and her son through a fake Facebook profile, a court has heard.

Jon McCann, of Furness Close, created two separate accounts, one under the name of ‘John Smith’ and the other called ‘Chipmunk’ to commit the offence.

The 58-year-old had already been issued a harassment warning by police on April 1, after he sent the woman numerous voicemails and unwanted calls, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (June 6).

Persistent contact continued, however, through the social media site, and escalated between April 30 and May 8 when she was sent numerous messages from ‘John Smith’ which included an indecent photograph of herself.

When the victim returned from holiday on May 8 she found her son had also been sent the same material, via Facebook, from ‘Chipmunk’ so made a complaint to the police.

McCann, who had to retire at 53 due to illness, pleaded guilty to harassment without violence and sending an offensive or indecent message on a public communication network.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and handed a restraining order against the woman.

Barry Newton, defending solicitor, said: “It’s an extremely sad day for a man who has contributed such a large amount to society in the past.

“The whole world seems to have collapsed around him.

“His behaviour is wholly out of character and I would argue he is someone you will never see come before you again at the courts.”

McCann was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

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