Convicted child abuser seeks £100,000 over Facebook page
Sex offender claims breach of privacy in case over social media page set up to monitor paedophiles
Counsel for the sex offender claimed the breach of his privacy was among the most severe cases in the UK. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Counsel for the sex offender claimed the breach of his privacy was among the most severe cases in the UK.
A judge was also told he planned to split any payout between compensating his victims and giving money to his own family.
The man, who cannot be identified, has brought a potentially landmark lawsuit against Facebook and page operator Joe McCloskey.
He is claiming misuse of private information, harassment and breaches of the data protection act. An order to shut down the “Keeping our kids safe . . . ” page administrated by Mr McCloskey is also sought.
Proceedings were launched after the man’s photograph and details appeared on the social networking site last year.
He served a prison sentence for a string of gross indecency and indecent assault offences against a young girl and a teenage boy.
Mr McCloskey has told the court he has “named and shamed” 400 sex offenders through the page. He denies being responsible for a witchhunt or hate campaign.