James Utting created a string of social media profiles using a photo of a 15-year-old girl (Picture: PA)A paedophile who posed as a teenage girl online to trick hundreds of young boys into sending him naked photos has been jailed for 10 years.
James Utting pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to 43 offences of possessing and distributing indecent images of children and engaging children in sexual activity relating to 11 victims.
The 36-year-old, who had gathered thousands of images, also asked for a further 116 offences against 54 other victims to be taken into consideration but the court heard that there were a total of 401 individual victims on his computer dating between 2014 and 2018.
They were aged between eight and 15 and from around the country including Humberside, Grimsby, Sussex, Leeds, Bradford, Southampton, Wakefield, Barnsley and Sheffield.
Utting was jailed at Winchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)Judge Jane Miller QC ruled that Utting, from Aldershot in Hampshire, posed a danger to children and sentenced him to 10 years in custody with an extended licence period of five years.
Prosecutor Matthew Lawson told the court Utting created a string of false social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat using the image of a 15-year-old girl.
He would entice his victims to send naked pictures or clips of them performing sex acts by sending them pornographic images purporting to be from the girl.
Utting then blackmailed the boys by threatening to share the images unless they agreed to send more.
The court heard he went through with the threat and sent intimate photos to friends and family members of 19 boys.
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Dog stolen and beheaded before being dumped on owner's doorstepMr Lawson said some of Utting’s victims could be seen ‘crying and begging’ him to stop in videos sent to him.