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Stephen Bear jailed for 21 months over sharing sex tape.

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Reality TV personality, and convicted sex offender, Stephen Bear has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after uploading CCTV video to his OnlyFans account of him having sex with his ex-girlfriend Georgia Harrison. The footage was taken and shared to the platform without her consent.  It was said that Bear made £40,000.00 from OnlyFans.

During the trial, which concluded in December 2022, Bear was unanimously convicted by the jury of two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs or films and one count of voyeurism.  Georgina Harrison bravely waived her right to anonymity during trial and attending the sentencing to give her Impact Statement in person. 

Bear, 32, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on 3 March 2023 by Judge Christopher Morgan who placed him on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.  He was also issued with a restraining order preventing him from contacting Harrison for five years.  

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Morgan said Bear ‘wished to exploit the economic value of the recording of himself and Harrison having sex.’  ‘I’m sure that you recognised the enhanced economic value to you by having Georgia Harrison, a well-known reality TV and social media personality, in the video,’ the Judge added. ‘She would have been known and recognised by many people.’   He said that the defendant caused Harrison ‘extensive humiliation and embarrassment’.

David Hawkins, a specialist in Abuse Law with Biscoes Solicitors said “Georgina Harrison took an incredibly brave step in waiving her right to anonymity, and the hope is that her public profile can help others to come forward if they have experienced this crime.  Image based sexual abuse, which is sometimes inaccurately called “revenge porn” in the media is a relatively new offence in law having only been in existence since 2015.  It has been reported that one in 14 adults in England & Wales have experienced a threat to share intimate images.  However changes to the law were made in November 2022 to strengthen the existing law to protect people from abusers.“ 

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