Revenge porn mum who moved to Higher Walton from Wigan admits sending sexual images of man to his child and elderly dad

A married mum who disclosed private sexual films and pictures of a man to his 88-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter has been given a suspended jail term.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 2:30 pm

Former school welfare assistant Hilary Ward, 49, of Hoghton Lane, Higher Walton, Preston, sent a package of 12 printed colour stills through the post to the distressed pensioner, which showed his son in his underwear and explicit images, Preston Crown Court was told.

Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said: "He did not look at the rest and destroyed them as he didn't want his carer seeing them.

"He was worried his son would suffer and may do something silly. "

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Between February 23 and March 13 last year, Ward also sent several sets of videos and pictures to her victim's child over Instagram, telling her: " Bet you didn't know your dad was a sick perv" and "I think it's absolutely hilarious the entire universe can now see him perform."

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Ward was arrested after she sent a You Tube link to her victim on February 29, though You Tube took it down almost straight away after detecting what it was.

Miss Worsley added: As a result of the link sent to him he reported matters to the police.

"He also received a letter containing photos of him doing sexual acts.

"Very serious distress has been caused to the victim in this case.

The man received a letter with a card in which Ward commented: "My friends and work colleagues can't believe your videos" adding that some "can't stop laughing" .

Ward was arrested last April, while her husband of 29 years was present, on suspicion of revenge porn offences.

She told officers: "He sent me photos and I sent them to his daughter" and later told them she did it because she was "hurt".

The conversation with the man's daughter was found during an examination of her Samsung phone, with Ward typing: "Some of your dad's videos the perv" and

"You can see how sick he was in the head".

She told the girl: " It worried me how he thought about sex all the time" and "Tell your dad to look on You Tube".

In a victim impact statement the man said Ward's actions had caused sleepless nights and he felt he had failed his daughter.

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

He added: "This is clearly a very serious matter. It's a number of actions which were intended to humiliate and to hurt, but the trouble is a number of other people have also been hurt and really gratuitously so.

"She felt the only way she could get to him was by his daughter and his father.

She admits two counts of sending indecent or offensive messages and disclosing a private sexual video or picture.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC described the woman's actions as "bitter" and vengeful" but suspended her eight month jail term for two years,due to the effect on her own child's wellbeing, current Covid restrictions in jail, and her public disgrace.

Imposing a curfew, 120 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity, she said: "It was blocked by You Tube 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 quite disgraceful behaviour on you part.

"I've heard much about the effect on you and your family but what about the effect on your victim and his family?"

*If you are affected by issues raised in this story you can contact the Revenge Porn Helpline by e-mail at [email protected]

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