Seaton stalker jailed for pestering female shop workers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 19 June 2018

Jailed: Shaun Harper

Jailed: Shaun Harper

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A serial stalker has been jailed for pestering two female shop workers and offering one a carrier bag full of money in exchange for sex.

Shaun Harper went on to pester the hairdresser and waitress with obscene phone calls in which he said he was not going to take no for an answer.

He has a five-year-long history of making abusive calls to women and was on a suspended sentence for asking a teenage girl for sex outside a shop in Seaton.

Harper, aged 48, of Harbour Road, Seaton, admitted making an indecent or offensive communication and breaching a criminal behaviour order and was jailed for 12 months by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “You have 31 convictions for 63 offences and many are offences similar to these of using abusive words or behaviour or breach of orders.”

Miss Kelly Scrivener, prosecuting, said Harper was made subject of a criminal behaviour order after his last conviction which banned him from any abusive behaviour.

He started making unwanted advances to a hairdresser in 2017 in which he begged her for sexual favours and offered to pay her for sex.

Miss Scrivener said: “On one occasion he presented her with a carrier bag full of money which he wanted to exchange for sex. She refused.”

On February 16, this year, he phoned her repeatedly. The victim was left frightened and alarmed. Two days later he phoned a café where he had been seen staring at a young waitress a few days earlier.

He said he would like to have sex with the waitress and intended to go to the café. He said the waitress had refused his advances in the past and this time was not going to.

Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said all Harper’s offending was the result of a long-standing alcohol problem. He has been in custody for three months and during that time has taken courses which have persuaded him to stop drinking permanently.

He said he plans to remain sober in the future and devote his energies to his ambitions to be an artist and musician.

He said: “He is ashamed of his behaviour. He is sorry for what he has done and written letters of apology to the complainants.”

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