August 2021

Pervert blackmailed teenage girl

A devious sex predator who blackmailed a teen girl into sending him indecent videos is now behind bars.

Paedophile Michael Quinn posed as a 17-year-old boy on social media to find young girls to prey on.

His offending was first uncovered when he began communicating with a profile he thought belonged to a 13-year-old school girl on February 4.

Over the course of several days, he sent his victim a range of Snapchat selfies, indecent images and videos, and repeatedly asked her to carry out sexual acts live on camera.

When he was arrested on March 14, having been unaware he was actually chatting to a police officer, his devices were seized and it wasn’t long before detectives from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) uncovered more disturbing content.

Quinn’s alias had also been used to deceive and blackmail another teen girl in America.

Evidence recovered from his device revealed he had forced her to send indecent videos, and threatened to share the content with her dad if she didn’t continue to cooperate.

Investigators from the Victim Identification Team quickly got to work and managed to trace the teen with the help of American law enforcement, and a complex case was presented before the courts.

Quinn was subsequently charged and later admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, blackmail and making indecent photos of a child.

And on Friday, the 35-year-old, of Burradon, North Tyneside was jailed for four years and six months.