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Daventry sex pest faces jail for harassing Corrie stars

David Watson at his home Pascoe Crescent Daventry. Photo from the Manchester Evening News.

David Watson at his home Pascoe Crescent Daventry. Photo from the Manchester Evening News.

A sex pest from Daventry who sent naked photos of women to two Coronation Street stars is facing jail.

Kym Marsh and Jennie McAlpine were targeted by ‘bored pensioner’ David Watson who superimposed their heads on photographs of naked women and posted the images to their homes.

The 74-year-old pervert also wrote vile messages in the letters which left the soap stars ‘shocked and sickened’, with Miss McAlpine stepping up security at her home. He also targeted Emmerdale actress Natalie Robb.

Watson is now facing prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sending indecent images to Miss McAlpine, who plays Fiz Stape in the Street, which amounted to harassment between October and December last year.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges under the Malicious Communications Act of sending indecent messages to Miss Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, and Miss Robb, who plays Moira Barton in the Yorkshire soap, for the purpose of causing them distress and anxiety.

Prosecutor Matthew Treece told Manchester Magistrates Court that Miss Marsh was the first victim on October 18.

She received a handwritten envelope marked “personal” and asked her father to open the letter.

It contained a picture that had been edited to include an image of Miss Marsh’s face on the body of a different woman exposing her breasts.

Five days later Miss McAlpine got a similar letter with a vulgar message on the photo.

The court hear on November 2 a third letter with a picture was received by Miss Robb.

It was her face on the body of another woman showing her breasts.

Miss McAlpine got a second letter containing the same image as the first. This time the pensioner wrote “Jenny, I would love to see you like this” followed by a crude message and kisses.

Mr Treece said: “Watson showed a lot of determination to get the addresses of the actresses and it was aggravated by the way he used the photos”.

The court heard how he had got the victims’ addresses through an internet company who had supplied them for a fee.

But this turned to be his undoing as police later used the company to track him down.

On arrest Watson claimed he had sent the letters out of boredom.

At first he told police he had got the images of the naked actresses and had not altered them in any way. But he later admitted what he had done, said Mr Treece.

In her impact statement Miss McAlpine said the letters had left her feeling scared.

She said: “I have improved the security at my home with additional locks. It was degrading.”

Miss Robb said she had also felt degraded. “It had crossed my mind I may have a stalker”.

In her statement Miss Marsh said the incident had left her “feeling sick and shocked”.

Solicitor James Street, defending, said Watson, of Pascoe Crescent, Daventry, had never previously been in trouble.

He added: “He said he had been bored but I think there is something more behind this. Something has been going on”.

The magistrates bailed Watson for an all options report including custody. He will be sentenced on March 12.

 

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