August 2017

This sick pervert posed as a teen boy online to get girls of 11 and 12 to send him naked photos

A twisted pervert posed as a teenage boy to encourage young girls to perform sex acts in a sick campaign of depravity.

John Anscombe created fake identities online to lure the girls – as young as 11 – into a false sense of security, a court heard.

He then befriended them on social media sites including ooVoo, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat before coercing them into sending him lewd pictures, and in one case a video.

The 37-year-old used aliases such as David Porter, Ben Cooper and Steven Wolf and even sent pictures of unrelated teenage boys to try and convince the pre-teens he was a similar age.

Teesside Crown Court heard harrowing statements from four of the five girls involved.

One of Anscombe’s victims said her relationships with male family members had suffered, as she has had a “breakdown of trust” in men.

There were gasps and cries of anguish from the public gallery as prosecutor Harry Hadfield read out the lurid details to the court.

Anscombe, formerly of Brotton but now living in Stockton, contacted the first girl, aged 11, in September 2015 on Instagram and ooVoo, a video messaging app.

She sent one image of her body, but her mother found the images and contacted police.

But that didn’t deter Anscombe, who moved on to a 12-year-old between November and December, 2015.

He posed as Steven Wolf and began to message her on Instagram, posing as a 12-year-old boy who lived in Leeds, claiming his own camera was broken to explain why he never sent any photos of his own.

Anscombe asked her to commit lewd tasks and incited her to perform “graphic and grotesque” sex acts, said Mr Hadfield.

He then moved onto another girl aged 12 between December 2015 and January of 2016.

She told him her age, and he said he was 15 before repeatedly requesting pictures of her.

She sent them, but he wanted more and threatened her in messages on ooVoo and Snapchat.

In March 2016, he began messaging another girl, 12, and suggested they meet up in East Cleveland.

“She refused and his mood changed,” said Mr Hadfield. “He constantly asked for pictures of her, and sent her pictures of his stomach and penis.”

Another 12-year-old was approached in April on Facebook Messenger, and after posing as a 12-year-old boy he persuaded the girl to send pictures and she sent five. On one of them she was topless.

When Anscombe was arrested, he had memory cards stuffed with illegal pictures down his socks and police found a broken phone – containing messages he’d sent to some girls – down a toilet.

He did not comment when interviewed by police.

The phone, cards and a Dell laptop were found to contain other sexual abuse images of children – including many in the most serious category – with victims as young as three-years-old featured.

Anscombe, 37, was jailed for three years after admitting five counts of inciting a girl under the age of 13 into sexual activity, and three of making or possessing indecent images.

He was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

July 2017

Brotton man faces jail after inciting schoolgirls to strip and perform sex acts online

A man is awaiting sentence after being convicted of inciting six schoolgirls to strip off and perform sex acts for him over the internet.

A judge told John Anscombe, 37, from Brotton, that he could be jailed for offences against the girls aged 11 and 12.

He pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court to three offences against three 12-year-old girls and another against an 11-year-old.

Similar charges involving two girls aged 11 and 12, which he denied, are being reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Anscombe admitted causing the four girls to engage in sexual activities between September 2015 and June last year.

Five of the charges allege that he incited the girls to send naked images of their bodies, and he admitted asking a girl to perform a sex act between November 2015 and January last year.

He also admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children between September 2015 and May last year which were found on his mobile phone, a laptop and a USB card.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters said the laptop had still and moving images with 19 at the most serious level A, 30 at B and 205 at level C.

The USB card had one at Class A, three at B and 61 at level C. The mobile held 10 at level C.

Anscombe, of Linden Road, Brotton, was ordered to register as a sex offender by signing the admission form before leaving.

The judge remanded him on bail until sentence on July 31.

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