A pervert who groomed a teenage girl over the internet and threatened to send indecent pictures of her to paedophiles has been jailed.
Daniel Saul Croston, 32, of Dunwood Park Close, Shaw, Oldham, met his victim in May 2007 via internet chat room en.netlog.
They exchanged mobile phone numbers and started texting each other.
Croston, who claimed to be 19, then asked her to send pictures of herself in her underwear and threatened to post her mobile phone number on the internet if she refused.
When she sent him the indecent picture, Croston revealed his true age to her.
He then told her to send an indecent video of herself to him, which she refused to do.
But on 6 June 2007, he threatened her, saying if she did not send it by 9pm that evening, he would send the indecent photograph to every pervert and paedophile on the internet as well as her school.
Distraught, the victim told her mum who called the police who used his mobile phone number to track him to his home, where he was arrested. A mobile phone was seized and more than 60 indecent images were found.
He was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.
He was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
At an earlier hearing, Croston had pleaded guilty to blackmail, causing, or inciting a child into, pornography and the possession of indecent images.
The court heard how Croston used the chat name ‘2horni4u’.
DC Simon Hurdley said: “Croston is a calculating, manipulative and cowardly individual who groomed his victim by deliberately lying about his age on the Internet and once he had her under his spell, he revealed his true colours.
“If that was not bad enough, Croston showed just what a disgusting human being he is by blackmailing his victim and threatening to send indecent images of her to other sex offenders if she did not comply with his heinous demands.
“The distress this whole episode has caused the victim is immeasurable.
She thought she was innocently chatting to someone of a roughly similar age, only to find herself being blackmailed and put through a traumatic ordeal by this man.
“He is the sort of individual who does not deserve his freedom and is thankfully behind bars where he can no longer hurt anyone else.”