March 2015

Fake adult film casting agent who tried to get schoolgirl to send naked video jailed

A 43-year-old man from Northampton who attempted to get a teenage girl to send a naked video of herself to him by pretending to be a casting agent for an adult film has been jailed for two years.

Jason Freshwater, of Treetops, Overstone Lodge, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of inciting a girl aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard Freshwater sent the girl a social media message in 2013 in which he told her she could earn up to £400 a day by appearing in an adult film.

Freshwater told the girl that he thought she was “just what they were looking for” but told her she would have to say she was over 16 years old.

The girl was told to send an email to a casting director called Matthew, who was actually a fictional person for whom Freshwater had created an email account.

Gary Short, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was acting as an agent for an amateur film company. The email was sent as part of an effort to trick the girl into taking pictures of herself.”

After the girl emailed the address to ask what sort of pictures were required, she received a reply in which it was stated he was looking for people who were “broad-minded sexually”.

Posing as the fictional ‘Matthew’, Freshwater said the film company was casting for two movies called Gentleman’s Club and Barely Legal 19.

He told the girl she would need to email at least five pictures of herself showing “full nudity” and said “most girls” send a video of themselves performing a sex act.

Mr Short said the girl did not send the images but Freshwater’s message were uncovered in August 2013.

Judge Lynn Tayton, sentencing, said it was a “deliberate attempt to exploit a child” and was “very predatory behaviour”.

Freshwater is likely to serve one year in jail before being released on licence for the rest of his sentence. He has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.