Cyber-flasher jailed for 66 weeks in legal first

March 20, 2024

The first person to be convicted of a cyber-flashing offence has been jailed for 66 weeks. Nicholas Hawkes was sentenced at Southend Crown Court after sending unsolicited explicit photos to a 15-year-old and a woman. The 39-year-old, from Basildon, Essex, sent the pair pictures of his genitals on February 9, the court heard. On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to breaching a community order and breaching a suspended sentence for another sexual offence. Hawkes must also comply with a 10-year restraining order and will be subject to a 15-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.