A judge ordered a man to provide the police with a 24-hour notice before having sex with any partner of his choice. John O’Neill (45) could face up to five years in prison if he fails to comply with the judge’s directive. Legal practitioners say the judge’s order is without precedent, and he is the first person in the UK obliged to give police notice before he could have sex. Such conditions, if appropriate are reserved for individuals who have been convicted of a crime.
O’Neill had been charged with raping a woman last year. However, he was found not guilty of the accusations. He was subsequently placed on an interim sexual risk order (SRO) after the judge providing at the rape trial, Simon Bourne-Arton, said after the acquittal, “Please could you inform the authorities that although this man has been acquitted, it is my judgment that he is a very dangerous individual.”
When O’Neill sought to have the order reversed, District Judge Adrian Lower said: “I have found Mr. O’Neill to be a vain, manipulative and grandstanding individual who sought to persuade me that black is white and used the valuable time of professionals to describe sexual fantasies he may or may not have. There is a narcissistic streak to Mr. O’Neill, he does trouble me in terms of further contact he may have with other people.”