February 2018

Man tried to “blackmail” girl into sending him indecent images

A man who dreamed of becoming a police officer has been jailed for child sex offences – including a sickening attempt to “blackmail” a 12-year-old schoolgirl into sending him indecent images of herself.

Cameron Longstaff, 20, went online to target the two schoolgirls, telling one he would circulate an intimate image of her that he had acquired if she did not send him more explicit pictures.

The youngsters said the experience left her feeling vulnerable, scared, and angry.

The other girl was so afraid she stayed indoors with the curtains closed, and asked her parents to always lock the doors.

As he imposed a year-long jail term on the defendant, of Hurley Road, Little Corby, Judge James Adkin told him that despite positive character references, the “overwhelming” evidence of his guilt from the trial revealed a darker side Longstaff’s character, including his interest in child sexual abuse images

“There is a predatory aspect to this,” said the judge. “You felt it necessary to humiliate a young girl because she would not comply with your demands.”

Longstaff denied two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity; three of downloading indecent child images; one of possessing such images; and two counts of distributing it.

A jury convicted him of all the offences.

The court heard how Longstaff had amassed a large collection of sickening child pornography images, both still images and videos.

Of these, 33 were classed as the most serious kind. The trial was told how Longstaff – 16 when he committed most of the offences – used a social media site under a false name, targeting the two 12-year-olds, urging them to share indecent images of themselves.

When one refused he threatened to distribute an intimate image of her that he had acquired, later sending it to a Russian website used by child porn perverts.

Victim impact statements revealed how the girls were affected. The first girl was left suffering from sleep problems, and her school-work suffered.

The second girl – in court with her mother for the hearing – said: “I was hiding in the house with all the curtains drawn because the [the defendant] said he would come to my house.”

Her mother said: “My daughter was only 12 years old and she was very scared by what happened. ..We had been an open house until then, but after the incident, my daughter insisted on locking all the doors all the time.

“She still feels uncomfortable now being at home alone.”

His name will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for a decade, and he will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

December 2017

North Cumbrian man convicted of making sexual requests to two 12-year-old girls

A north Cumbria man has been convicted by a jury of making sexual online requests to two 12-year-old girls.

Cameron Mark Longstaff, 20, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court having pleaded not guilty to a total of eight charges.

Longstaff had denied intentionally inciting the two girls to engage in sexual activity by requesting that they take intimate photographs of themselves.

He had further denied making hundreds of indecent still and moving photographs of children – 40 of which were classed in category A, the most serious; along with possessing a total of 488 still and 11 moving illegal photographs; and two counts of distributing indecent photographs of children.

But having heard all evidence in the case, a jury found Longstaff guilty of all eight charges on majority verdicts.

Each of the crimes was committed during 2014 when he was aged 16 or 17.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case until February 2. Longstaff, of Hurley Road, Little Corby, near Carlisle, is due to be sentenced on that date and was granted bail in the meantime.