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Complainant Name:
Mr Raymond Hogan

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Medway Messenger

Complaint:

Mr Raymond Hogan complained to the Press Complaints Commission, on behalf of his father, Mr Colin Hogan, about the publication of an article which he considered to have breached Clauses 1 (Accuracy) and 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article had reported on the case of Mr Colin Hogan, who pled guilty to four charges of making indecent photographs of children. It was the complainant's position that the article had reported aspects of his father's case in a way that was misleading and, specifically, he said that the four charges did not relate to the ‘worst categories of indecent images'.

Furthermore, the complainant said that his father had not been the subject of a sexual abuse allegation, from a 15-year old girl, and he no longer owned the ‘Petsworth' pet shop in Redhill, Surrey'.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

We reported (March 23) on the case of Colin Hogan, 63, of Camden Road, Gillingham, sentenced to an 18-month community order after he admitted four charges of making indecent photographs of youngsters. Our report stated that some of the images were the ‘worst category' of indecent images. The most serious images involved in the case were at level 4, the second highest category, involving sexual intercourse with children. We accept that it is not the highest level, which is 5 and are happy to clarify that. Our report also stated that police had investigated him following allegations of sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl. We have been asked to point out that the 15-year-old girl was in fact a middle-aged woman. We have been asked to point out that the Hogan family were not the owners of Petsworth pet shop in Surrey at the time of the article.

Date Published: 21/09/2012



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