Paedophile hunter jailed for false claims
A woman who describes herself as a ‘paedophile hunter’ has been given a two-month jail sentence for publishing false allegations about a man on a website.
A lower court had sentenced her to community service, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.
Yvonne van Hertum’s name is linked to the website which carries a photograph and other details about the man. The site accuses him of having erotic online conversations with under-age girls.
The court said the internet conversation did not have erotic overtones. The allegations, judges said, could follow the man for years ‘with all the social consequences that entails’.
The court said it decided to impose jail sentence to act as a deterrent to others and to prevent Van Hertum doing the same thing again.
Van Hertum, who has denied being responsible for placing the information, said she is to appeal. She has already had several run-ins with the authorities and earlier this year was ordered to remove a link to an American website which carries photos of Dutch paedophiles. That link no longer operates, the Volkskrant said.
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