A teenager who pretended to be a girl has been jailed for six years after tricking boys into performing sex acts for him.
Harry Johnson would pretend to be girls called Melissa, Amie or Becca as he groomed seven children aged between 11 and 16.
In one incident he got two brothers to perform oral sex on one another and in another case he made a boy try to have sex with his family dog.
In a victim impact statement the mother of the brothers said: ‘I felt physically sick. My boys’ innocence has been taken away.
The effect this has had on our family I would not wish on anyone. ‘We are having counselling and guidance. It is a disgusting, devastating and life-changing situation.’
He sent his victims pictures of girls and exchanged sexual messages before recording them masturbating for him.
Police found he had also downloaded child sex abuse pictures onto his computer.
He pleaded guilty to 22 charges at St Albans Crown Court relating to crimes between January and July 2016.
Prosecutor Simon Wilshire said: ‘He posed as a young girl and incited them (the boys) to engage in sexual activity over the Internet.
At times he recorded the activity that was going on in front of him. ‘Not only had he duped and misled young boys to commit sex acts at end of web cam, he recorded videos videos and stored them.’ He was caught when one of his victim’s parents checked what their son was doing on his iPad and they discovered there were explicit messages from someone called MelissaB178.
Mr Wilshire said: ‘They challenged him and he admitted he had been sending explicit texts and had used the webcam. He was embarrassed, ashamed and upset.
‘The parents reported it to police, who were led to Johnson’s home address.’
When Johnson’s computer was examined they found he had recorded six other boys. One victim, who was 14, had been sent a picture of a girl he thought he was talking to.
He tried to block the ‘girl’ but she said she would send photos of him to friends. Johnson had told him to masturbate saying: ‘Just do it for me and then you can leave.’
Mr Wilshire said over 600 Category A, over 650 Category B and more than 3,000 Category C indecent images and videos of children had been downloaded by Johnson onto his computer.
Judge Stephen Warner told him: ‘The seven young people were young and vulnerable.You took advantage and exploited them for your own sexual gratification.
He ordered the forfeiture and destruction of Johnson’s computer and memory sticks.
Johnson must also abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 6 years and register as a sex offender indefinitely.
Watford man pleads guilty to child sex abuse offences at St Albans Crown Court
A man accused of child sex abuse has pleaded guilty to 22 out of 24 offences.
Harry Johnson, 19, of Hunter’s Lane, Watford, attended a hearing at St Albans Crown Court today (September 6) and admitted to 22 out of 24 charges of sexual offences against children.
These were four counts of causing or inciting an under 13 year old to engage in sexual activity, seven counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of causing or inciting sexual exploitation of a child, one of which he denied.
There were also six counts of taking indecent photographs of a child, three counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child and one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Hertfordshire Constabulary confirmed that all of the offences are alleged to have taken place over webcam.
Johnson denies two offences, which all relate to abuse of children under the age of 16.
He was charged with 24 offences overall and will appear in court on November 23 for sentencing.