May 2018: Now released and living in Middlesbrough
Jail for predatory paedophile from Hartlepool who made schoolgirls perform degrading sex acts on Skype
A PREDATORY paedophile who blackmailed vulnerable schoolgirls into performing degrading sex acts on webcams has been jailed for nine years today.
Peter Jeffery, 29, from Hartlepool, encouraged four teenage girls who lived hundreds of miles away to strip and engage in sexual activity after contacting them using Skype and other social media.
He created different internet identities for himself in order to manipulate his victims to do what he wanted, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Jeffery, of Ellison Street, Hartlepool, admitted 13 counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two charges of making indecent images of children and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
The 29-year-old had been bailed in 2011 in respect of offences against three young girls, but went onto commit further offences against a fourth vulnerable victim.
Jodie Kidd, prosecuting, said Jeffery used two opposing intenet personalities to manipulate his first victim, a teenager in the south of England, on Skpye.
Ms Kidd said the girl formed a close bond with someone using the name Logan while another profile, called Rock n Roll, asked her to perform sex acts.
But both were Jeffery. When the girl refused to take a web camera into the shower Jeffery threatened to send indecent pictures, including doctored pictures of the victim having sex with animals, to ‘Logan’, and her dad.
Ms Kidd said: “for being in possession of the images, the result being both would be jailed.” Depraved Jeffery also made the girl commit a degrading sex act on camera despite her crying. And he used threats to try to get her to commit sexual activity with her own younger siblings.
Judge Howard Crowson said: “Using the two personalities you manipulated her so she acted in ways she would never have conceded without your involvement. “She and her younger brothers felt you were seeking to put their father in prison.”
But they told their parents and the police became involved. Around the same time Jeffery, using his real name, also contacted a friend of the victim through Facebook and persuaded her to strip down to her knickers on several occasions.
And he tried to get her younger sister to take her clothes off on camera, but she refused. Jeffery was arrested at home last May when police discovered 121 indecent images of children on his laptop.
It was also found he had been sending messages to 45 different girls using three Skype accounts.
But after being released on bail for investigation Jeffery went on to contact another vulnerable schoolgirl, with a history of self harming, through Skype. Ms Kidd said after talking on a daily basis he got her to take off all her clothes and perform sex acts.
Jeffery also sent her a disgusting video of himself. The court heard how the offences have had “an enormous effect” on the girl and her family including her dad whose serious illness has been made worse by all the stress.
Judge Howard Crowson said: “This was a catalogue of predatory paedophile acts upon young girls who should have been safe in their own homes, but were not.”
Referring to one of the complainants, he said: “She was prepared to act in a way that was degrading and distressing.
“This was an appalling catalogue of offending. You are in my view a manipulative paedophile.”
Judge Crowson said: “You are in my view a manipulative paedophile.”