November 2016

Dad blackmailed and sexually abused girl after discovering her naked Snapchat pics

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A dad-of-two blackmailed a schoolgirl to fulfil his twisted sexual fantasies after discovering her naked Snapchat pictures.

Craig Boniface found intimate photographs on a teenage girl’s phone, made copies and used them to manipulate and molest her.

Unrepentant Boniface sighed loudly in the dock as the judge described how he was convicted “on the clearest possible evidence”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was a house husband, whose wife often travelled the country working for a hotel chain.

While she was away, Boniface planned “Frosty nights” – named after the Frosty Jack’s cider he gave his victim before abusing her.

The 45-year-old, of Bickerton Avenue, Bebington, Wirral , denied any wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial.

Jailing him for five years, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said: “It’s clear you developed an unhealthy interest in her, to the point of becoming infatuated with her.

“You nurtured an alternative fantasy life where she became the object of your sexually driven obsession.

“You used those photographs to essentially blackmail her to do things for you, or to behave in a way designed to feed your obsession.”

Boniface bought the girl revealing clothes to wear and demanded she “parade” them for him, then got her drunk and groped her.

Judge Menary said: “You called these nights your Frosty nights, after the cider you were drinking. These were your fantasy nights.”

He booked hotel rooms for them after lying to his wife about where he was going and made his victim dress and wear make-up to appear older.

Judge Menary said Boniface did this so he could take his victim to bars to buy alcohol and then touched her sexually.

He said: “More could have happened. She couldn’t say however, because she was so intoxicated.”

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said the victim now suffers from nightmare and flashbacks.

The girl said: “I feel dirty and sick and sometimes feel it was all my fault for letting him do what he did to me. I find it hard to trust anyone.”

The victim’s mum said it was “heartbreaking” to see the impact of Boniface’s abuse and that her daughter’s GCSE results were “severely affected”.

She said: “I would like to see him punished for what he has done. I hope he realises all the pain and suffering he has caused.”

Boniface was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of making indecent images of children.

Unrepentant Boniface sighed loudly in the dock as the judge described how he was convicted “on the clearest possible evidence”.

He said: “Nobody could blame your family for wanting to believe in you.

“But sadly anybody who reads the dozens of texts you exchanged with her would not be left in any doubt at all about the true nature of the relationship you desired with her.”

He told Boniface to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and handed him an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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