Sussex Police East Preston

An Eastbourne man has been spared jail after admitting to a series of offences relating to postings involving two women on a pornographic website.

Oliver Whiting, 37, unemployed of Langdale Close, has now been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

He pleaded guilty last month to six offences of posting grossly online offensive images and comments about a woman, and five offences of posting such messages online to another woman.

They were posted on a website between 2015 and 2016.

Whiting was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday, 4) and is required to attend a Sexual Offender Treatment Programme.

He was also served with an order prohibiting his use of social media, and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Whiting also has a number of standing police cautions over website postings relating to four other women, which is separate to these charges.

Some of the victims have since been helping police in producing a training video for officers.

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“I applaud the bravery of the women targeted who have helped Sussex Police improve how they support victims of this type of crime.

“By making the training video, they are courageously telling their story so we can understand the impact of this crime and how best to support victims.

“The impact on the victim of this kind of harassment should not be underestimated.”