A SHOP worker who became “fixated” with one of his colleagues hacked into her social media and email accounts, signed her up to a pornographic website and ordered items from an adult store.

“Obsessed” Charlie Absolom admitted checking his colleague’s accounts up to “40 times a day” and even sent personal pictures of the woman to her friends and family.

The 22-year-old also used the woman’s accounts to cancel tickets to a concert in the hope she would spend time with him instead.

Absolom later resorted to making silent phone calls in the early hours of the morning so he could hear her voice.

He was snared by police after officers tracked the usage of her accounts to an internet connection at his address.

Yesterday, at Southampton Crown Court, Judge Peter Henry described Absolom’s actions as “violation of privacy”.

But he said he was unable to send the shop worker to prison because the charge, put forward by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), did not include some of his conduct – including using her email address to create an account on a pornographic website.

Roderick Blain, prosecuting on behalf of the CPS, said this was most likely down to the design of the law around the charge of computer misuse – which means the misuse needs to be with criminal intent.

Instead, Absolom, of Stonymoor Close, Holbury, was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The court heard Absolom met the woman while working in a shop in Winchester – which the Echo has decided not to name in order to protect the victim.

He first gained access to her accounts through her unlocked mobile phone.

The court heard since the incident Absolom’s victim had been given anti-depression and anti-anxiety medication.

Mitigating for Absolom, who pleaded guilty to one count of computer misuse and one count of harassment, Georgia Luscombe said her client suffered from Aspergers, had become “obsessed” with his victim and was “remorseful” for his actions.