Sending indecent emails will now be punishable by a Sopo (sexual offences prevention order).
The “improper use of public electronic communications network” or the sending of grossly offensive, indecent or obscene emails, which was already included in the Communications Act 2003, is now added to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The new provisions and introduction of electronic communication will widen the scope of the sections of the Act that list offences. This will now include activities such as nuisance phone calls and harassment emails of a sexual nature, The Home Office has announced. However its addition to the sexual offenders register will not extend to Scotland.
It is at the discretion of a judge or the police whether to issue a SOPO. Anyone handed one will be added to the sex offender’s register and banned from certain behaviour for a fixed period of five years or more.