North West Wales

Conwy county teen 'used Facebook to blackmail girls'

Child looking at a tablet computer
Image caption The judge said it was a "harrowing ordeal" for the two schoolgirls

A teenager from Conwy county has been given a year's detention for what a judge described as cyber bullying of the worst kind.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, used a fake Facebook account to ask two girls, aged 14 and 15, to send him revealing pictures of themselves.

He then threatened to display those intimate images unless more were sent.

He pleaded guilty to 15 offences at Llandudno Youth Court.

They included three charges of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, making child pornography and possessing more than 200 indecent images of children.

District Judge Gwyn Jones said the teenager, who was 16 at the time of the offences, had behaved in a "coercive way" which meant fear and trepidation for the girls in their own bedrooms.

The court heard he would count down from 10 while making threats about the intimate pictures, and one of the girls did respond with more images.

The teenager was reported to the police when her mother found out.

He was also given a five-year restraining order which bans him from contacting his victims and told he must register as a sex offender.

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