Michael Le Vell trial: man arrested for identifying alleged victim on social media (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Michael Le Vell trial: man arrested for identifying alleged victim on social media
9:26am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A MAN has been arrested after identifying the alleged victim in the ongoing Michael Le Vell trial on social media.
The 43-year-old man, who is from the Gloucester area, was arrested last night on suspicion of breaching the Sexual Offences Act in relation to the public identification of a victim of sex abuse.
He has been released on bail.
Under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992, all victims of sex abuse are automatically granted anonymity for life.
Superintendent Phil Davies, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Public identification of victims of sex abuse, in particular child victims engaged in court proceedings, can cause both immediate and long term distress and harm, especially in cases as serious as this.
“The same principles apply to social media as they do to the mainstream media, and we are investigating this matter robustly.
“Social media is a fantastic tool for self-expression and part of modern life, but users should ask themselves whether they would want their own child subject to a Twitter feed.
“People may not understand that when they use social media they are required by the law to keep victims anonymous in exactly the same way as people who work in main stream media.
“The rule of law and consciousness of a sex abuse victim's anonymity should be considered by all who follow these types of cases."
Le Vell is charged with 12 counts in all, he has pleaded not guilty to all of them.