A convicted sex offender, who posed as a woman on a dating website in order to trick other females into sending him intimate photographs, has been jailed for a year.
Jack Smith, 25, created a fake online persona – a practice known as catfishing – and managed to strike up a relationship with a woman in her 20s, on the Plenty of Fish site.
Using the pseudonym Charlotte Unwin, Smith was able to persuade the woman to send him intimate images of herself.
But once he obtained the photographs he became abusive and threatening towards his victim and even told her he was planning to send the pictures to members of her family.
He was eventually caught when officers, who were carrying out routine checks as part of his sex offender management programme, discovered the messages on one of his mobile phones and arrested him.
Smith, from Peterborough was eventually charged with sending threatening messages, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and failing to comply with the sex offenders’ register by using an online psedonym and deleting his internet history.
He admitted the offences and was jailed for a year by a judge at Peterborough Crown Court.
Detective Constable John Whitworth of Cambridgeshire Police said: “Smith used deceptive tactics to target innocent members of the public looking for love online.
“His actions caused a tremendous amount of stress to the victim, who had no idea she was speaking to a man.
“Hopefully this sentence will serve as a deterrent to others thinking about abusing people online.”