By: Tanya Clark WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A teenage boy posed as a girl on the Internet, and persuaded young boy to perform sex acts for him on camera, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Now, the youth who posed as a teenage girl to dupe young boys across the Internet to carry out sex acts, was sentenced to eight years in prison at the Chelmsford Crown Court.
Prosecutors described the incident as a shocking warning of the dangers that exist online.
According to the criminal complaint, Connor Allen-Howe persuaded 37 boys to perform sex acts for him by posing as a teenage girl.
He was charged with 25 counts of causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a boy aged 13 to 17, 2 counts of causing or inciting a boy under the age of 13 to take part in sexual activity with no penetration, 21 counts of causing or inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to take part in sexual activity with no penetration, 11 counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, 5 counts of causing or inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to take part in sexual activity with penetration, and 1 count of causing or inciting a boy under the age of 13 to take part in sexual activity with penetration.
Michelle Brown for the CPS said: "Connor Allen-Howe was 16 years old when his offending began. He posed as a teenage girl, aged 16 or 17 years old, and made random contact with young males on line and then encouraged them to chat with him via Skype chat and Messenger.
"This case is a shocking warning of the dangers that exist online: not only of how easy it is for a stranger to make contact with young boys, but also to persuade them to carry out sexual acts on camera.
"Allen-Howe is responsible for luring these young victims into a sexualised world, where perverted behaviour was encouraged and recorded for his gratification. Online abuse such as this is extremely serious and it carries a significant sentence.
"We would urge anyone who suffers abuse online to report it. We continue to work closely with the police and other agencies to support victims and bring abusers to justice."