Saturday, December 05, 2009
Stalker Blames Religious Upbringing
by Jeremy Pierce
A GOLD Coast radiographer who tricked a hospital nurse into sending him nude photos of herself has blamed his crime on a strict religious upbringing and an addiction to pornography.
Jordan David Hennig, 26, created an elaborate female persona on the internet using profile pictures of an American porn star to gain the trust of workmate Belinda Fitzgerald.
Hennig faced Southport Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to one count of unlawfully stalking Fitzgerald, who has since been forced to leave her job at Pindara Private Hospital for another hospital.
Magistrate George Wilkie fined Hennig $4000 and placed him on probation for two years.
The court was told Hennig went to great lengths to create a fake online modelling agency, and contacted Fitzgerald on Facebook under the alias of Megan Jones, saying "she" wanted to use photos of the attractive nurse to promote a spa and beauty business called "Completely Bare".
Fitzgerald sent Hennig several nude pictures of herself taken during a photo shoot for a breast cancer campaign.
To build up Fitzgerald's trust, the fictional Jones sent her raunchy pictures, supposedly of "herself", but which were really of American porn queen Meggan Malone.
The two stayed in regular contact via email and text messages for several months between September last year and March. It was only after Fitzgerald stumbled across links to Megan Jones on Hennig's work computer that she smelled a rat.
Defence lawyer Nick Tobin said his client was ashamed of his actions, but pointed to a strict Seventh Day Adventist upbringing as reason for his behaviour, saying the church "restricted relationships between the sexes".
"He has had very little experience in the way of relationships with women," Mr Tobin said.
He also said Hennig was receiving counselling from a church support group to help battle his "addiction to pornographic material".
Fitzgerald, who did not attend yesterday's proceedings, said she felt let down by the result of the case.
"It's no surprise, I wouldn't expect any more from the court system," she said.
"He gets a fine, but what about the financial burden it caused me?"
Hennig, who is still employed at Pindara, refused to talk to the media outside the court.
original article here