Man jailed for sexual blackmail of teens
A 19-year-old man has been jailed for five years for forcing teenagers into sending indecent images of themselves over social media and then blackmailing them into performing sexual acts.
Patrick Chidlow, of Dashwood Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to 15 charges, which included blackmail, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was jailed for five years at Maidstone Crown Court.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "His crimes came to light when one of his victims, a teenage boy, came forward to report that Chidlow had forced him to send indecent images of himself over social media and messaging services, and had subsequently used the indecent images to blackmail him into sexual acts.
"When detectives began investigating the allegations, another boy and a girl admitted Chidlow had made similar advances to them.
"All of his victims were teenagers. Chidlow had persuaded them to send indecent images of themselves then threatened to post the images on social media websites if they did not comply with his demands."
Detective Constable Roger Harris said: "While I am pleased justice has been served for the victims, there are no winners today."