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Stephen Bear pays back £22,305 illegally earned from sharing sex tape

The 34-year-old faced nine months in prison if he did not pay the amount within three months of a confiscation order made in March this year.

Stephen Bear has paid a £22,305 confiscation order in full, the CPS said.
Stephen Bear has paid a £22,305 confiscation order in full, the CPS said. (Lucy North/PA)

Former Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen Bear has repaid the £22,305 that he illegally earned by sharing a private sex tape of him and reality TV star Georgia Harrison online, after a judge made a confiscation order for that amount.

The 34-year-old faced nine months in prison if he did not pay the sum within three months of the order made by judge Christopher Morgan at Chelmsford Crown Court in March of this year.

The judge made the order at a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, after Bear walked out of prison in January, having served 10-and-a-half months of his 21-month sentence for sharing the film.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that Bear has since paid the £22,305 confiscation order in full.

The judge also ordered that Stephen Bear pay Georgia Harrison £5,000 in compensation
The judge also ordered that Stephen Bear pay Georgia Harrison £5,000 in compensation (Lucy North/PA)

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Debbie Price said: “It is right Stephen Bear has paid the full amount of his confiscation order – it’s important criminals understand that, aside from the sentence they receive, we will also go after their bank accounts and assets to prevent them from enjoying the money they made from their crimes.”

Separately, the judge ordered that Bear pay Ms Harrison £5,000 in compensation, which he said “can be enforced through the magistrates’ court” if it is “not satisfied”.

Bear was jailed in March last year after being found guilty of voyeurism and of two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Ms Harrison said at the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing in March this year that Bear had “sold his house from prison – he sold his house to a company called We Buy Any House for well under market value”.

Essex Police said half of the confiscation order money goes to the Home Office, with the rest divided between the CPS, His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and the police.

The force said that, of the funds given to the police, different commands are able to “bid for equipment that will contribute towards future asset recovery” and a contribution is made to grant-giving body the Essex Community Foundation.