Man Forced to Alert Cops Before Sex Plans Hunger Strike

'I cannot and will not live like this'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:31 AM CDT
Guy Forced to Alert Cops Before Sex Plans Hunger Strike
York Magistrates' Court in the UK.   (Wikimedia)

Think it's ridiculous for someone to face five years in prison for not warning police that he's about to have sex? So does a British man who plans to protest with a hunger strike. The unnamed father of two was cleared of rape but must abide by an "interim sexual risk order." Such orders can be applied to any person deemed a risk of being a sexual predator, whether or not they've committed a crime, and this one requires him to "disclose the details of any female, including her name, address, and date of birth ... at least 24 hours prior to any sexual activity taking place" so police can first visit her, reports the BBC. The 45-year-old—who says it's impossible to have a relationship under such conditions—also faces limits on his internet and cellphone use and has police show up at his door "sometimes every other day" to check his browsing history.

"I cannot and will not live like this. Who could?" he says, per the Independent. "I protest that even though a jury found me unanimously not guilty, after nearly two years I still find myself being punished for a crime that never happened." The man argues that the temporary order—in place since December—was "misapplied deliberately" by North Yorkshire police officers bitter over his acquittal and visits to an S&M fetish club, reports the Telegraph. Police, however, say they are "satisfied that our actions are justified." An Aug. 19 hearing will determine whether the order should be made permanent. His hunger strike was to begin Wednesday, and he said it would "continue to either a satisfactory or a natural conclusion." (Click for more on the case.)

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