One-day sex notice man naming ban lifted


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John O’Neil must tell police of his plans to have sex the day before the act happens

A man cleared of rape who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex can be named, a district judge has ruled.

John O’Neil, 45, from York, was acquitted last year at a retrial but was made the subject of an interim sexual risk order (SRO).

An order prohibiting his identity from being made public has been lifted at York Magistrates Court.

North Yorkshire Police have applied for the SRO to be made permanent after Mr O’Neil allegedly breached it.

The single father of two and former English literature student has said he had an interest in sado-masochism and used to visit a fetish club.

Sexual risk orders were introduced in England and Wales last year and can be applied to any individual who the police believe poses a risk of sexual harm – even if they have never been convicted of a crime.

The order requires Mr O’Neil to disclose any planned sexual activity to the police or face up to five years in prison.

Mr O’Neil is accused of breaching one of the conditions of the order by not giving police the Pin number to his mobile phone.

He has threatened to go on hunger strike in protest over the SRO.

A judge is to decide on the police’s application at a hearing at the same court next month.

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