May 2017

Waiter who posed as a teenage boy to entice young girls to pose nude is sentenced after being exposed by a computer hacker

A man from Camberley has been sentenced after posing as a teenager to lure young girls to pose nude and perform intimate acts on webcam.

The actions of Ross Monk were only unearthed after a computer hacker demanded money in exchange for silence, Guildford Crown Court heard on Monday (May 15).

The 22-year-old was disguising himself as a 14-year-old boy on chat rooms to entice girls to perform intimate acts and send him nude pictures.

He was blackmailed when his computer was hacked and screenshots of his conversations were taken.

The hacker then threatened to expose Monk to the police unless he paid £100.

Monk, a former head waiter in a hotel, paid the money through Paypal but his transaction alerted the police to his suspicious activity and he was arrested.

Monk was detained at his home in Southway, Camberley, and charged with seven counts of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of children under 13.

Monk admitted all offences at the first opportunity and told the police that he knew that his conduct was wrong but said he felt as though he could not talk to girls his own age.

Monk was handed a three-year community order with supervision and banned from engaging with any children under 13 years old and his internet use will be monitored.