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Essex paedophile who used Snapchat to blackmail girls is jailed

Keelan Rowley, 20, was jailed for five years on Tuesday after he used Snapchat to blackmail young girls to send him nude images

An acne-ridden pervert has been jailed for five years after he used a Snapchat account offering free pizza to young girls if they sent him naked pictures of themselves. 

Spotty Keelan Rowley, 20, used a string of fake names as he targeted more than a dozen girls in his twisted online campaign before he was sentenced on Tuesday. 

Rowley, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, used social media, including Snapchat and Instagram, to persuade the young girls to send him explicit photos or videos of themselves.

One of the perv’s accounts was called ‘freepizzaforyou’ and was used to lure his victims, including four 12-year-olds, into messaging him.

But once he got the girls chatting, the predatory defendant threatened to subject the youngsters to sexual violence.

He also warned he would share their intimate pictures with their family and friends if they did not comply.

Shockingly, even after two of the terrified victims gave in to Rowley’s dark demands, he still posted images and footage of them on social media.

The man from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, had an account called 'freepizzaforyou', which was used to entice his victims

But once he got the girls chatting, the predatory defendant threatened to subject the youngsters to sexual violence

The man from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, had an account called ‘freepizzaforyou’, which was used to entice his victims. But once he got the girls chatting, the predatory defendant threatened to subject the youngsters to sexual violence 

Rowley’s 14 victims all lived in the Hertfordshire area and also included two 13-year-olds, two girls aged 14, one girl aged 15 and three girls aged 16.

Hertfordshire area police were alerted to his illegal activities and the case was passed to specialist online officers in Essex.

The team executed a warrant at Rowley’s home in November 2015 and he was arrested.

Rowley was charged and admitted to a string of charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was jailed for 64 months, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Afterwards, DC Suzanne O’Neill praised Rowley’s young victims for their bravery.

She said: ‘Rowley was a cold and calculated sexual predator.

‘He used social media to target young girls and blackmailed and exploited them to comply with his demands.’

Rowley was charged and admitted to a string of charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court (pictured) on Tuesday. He was jailed for 64 months, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order

Rowley was charged and admitted to a string of charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court (pictured) on Tuesday. He was jailed for 64 months, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order

O’Neill continued: ‘Two of them were so terrified they did everything he asked.

‘However, these girls have shown nothing but bravery and courage and have worked with us to make sure Rowley is put behind bars where he belongs.

‘We know offenders like Rowley use social media to sexually exploit young people and that’s why we urge people to know how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe online.’

Rowley admitted to two counts of inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, five counts of inciting sexual exploitation of a child aged between 13 and 17, five counts of inciting a child aged between 13 and 17 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making an indecent image of a child and one count of distributing an indecent image of a child.

One of the girls he targeted refused to co-operate with police.

He pleaded to the charges on Tuesday and was sentenced.  



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