A man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was caught impersonating Justin Bieber online in order to get teenage girls to perform sex acts on camera.
Robert Hunter, a 35 year old man from Middlesborough, England, was arrested on multiple counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photos.
After one of his victims came forward, police searched the man’s computer to find roughly 800 videos of both boys and girls performing various sex acts.
By pretending to be Bieber, Hunter was able to persuade hundreds of girls from around the world to record themselves stripping in exchange for “being their boyfriend.”
He would then use the videos from the girls to convince boys to perform similar acts and then use those videos to lure even more girls.
If a girl wanted out of the deal, Hunter would threaten to release their video on social networks and even made good on his word when he released a video made by a 12 year-old girl on Facebook with identifying information.
That girl reportedly cut herself in response.
Judge Peter Bowers called Hunter’s scheme “one of the most serious cases of internet abuse that the courts have dealt with,” and stated:
"It represents callous, almost sadistic exploitation over a number of years preying on girls’ naivety who were undermined by their own behaviour."
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