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Complainant Name:
Mr Gavin Seagers of computer company ‘PC Boffin'

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:
Mr Gavin Seagers of computer company ‘PC Boffin’, Kent, complained that an article had inaccurately suggested that he actively sought out work with children when, in fact, the only time he had agreed to meet a parent to discuss tutoring a child was following an approach from the newspaper, the intention of which was to entrap him. The complainant also said that, contrary to the claim in the article, he had never fantasised online about abducting and torturing children. Further, the complainant objected to the references to his having 47,000 photos of children being abused. He maintained that, whilst he did not seek to minimize his offence, this figure was irrelevant. He finally pointed out that he was not considered a significant enough risk to children in order to justify proceeding with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Resolution:
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper arranged for its electronic database to be marked with a statement saying that the complainant disputed details within the article. It agreed that the details of the dispute would then be kept for reference in the newspaper’s legal department.

Report: 72



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