Meet the man who has to notify the police before he has sex


Imagine having to give the police 24 hours notice every time you have sex. Awkward, uncomfortable, inconvenient and just plain weird - that's the situation IT consultant John O'Neill has found himself in.

O'Neill has said that he has been unable to work or claim benefits because he is subject to the Sexual Risk Order.

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45-year-old O'Neill was cleared of rape charges last November, and since then has been subject to an interim order with a number of conditions attached.

These include having to hand over the PIN for his mobile phone to police, and not to use internet-connected devices which cannot be later checked by officers.

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Mr O'Neill, who has previously admitted to having an interest in sado-masochism and used to attend a Fifty Shades Of Grey-style fetish club, claimed the order breached his human rights and said he had no prospect of forming a relationship while he lived by its terms.

The former mature English literature student, a single father of two, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme he is now camping in a tent in a wood near York.

He said: "I was homeless before for four years. I thought all this was behind me. To have to go back to it, it has been a bit of a shock. But to be honest I'm entirely focused on the hearing and I'm not thinking about much else."

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North Yorkshire Police will apply to the district judge sitting at York Magistrates' Court to make the order against Mr O'Neill permanent.

O'Neill said he had no criminal record, "not even a parking ticket".

He has previously said: "I don't have a life, I cannot work, I cannot have any form of relationship, it's absolutely ridiculous."