July 2017

Vile pervert threatened to release intimate pictures of girl, 15, if she stopped complying with him

Pervert Jason Cartledge, 42, persuaded a 15 year old girl to send him intimate pictures of herself via social media by threatening to harm himself if she did not, a court heard.

He also pressurised the Northumbrian girl by threatening to circulate pictures of her if she did not keep complying, Gloucester Crown Court was told

Jason Cartledge of Pirton Lane, Churchdown, was jailed for ten months after he admitted causing the girl to engage in sexual activity between October 6 and November 8 last year.

The court heard that when he first added the girl as a friend on Facebook he believed she was 18 years old.

He later realised she was only 15 and blocked her – but subsequently made contact again and started to send indecent pictures of himself. He incited her to send him similar pictures of herself, threatening to publicise the pictures more widely if she didn’t comply.

Prosecuting, Mark Hollier told the court that the offences came to light when the girl became distressed and shared what was happening to members of staff at school who contacted the police.

“Gloucestershire Constabulary were called by Northumbria Constabulary about contact between the defendant and a 15 year old girl where he had incited her to send pictures of herself in her underwear and he sent indecent pictures of himself,” said Mr Hollier.

“He coerced her by threatening to self harm if she did not comply with his requests.

“He also received pictures of her in her school uniform so was aware of her age and later sought to make arrangements to meet her but this meeting did not happen.

“The girl became distressed and confided in staff at her school and he was subsequently arrested.

“In his interview he admitted what he done but sought to minimise his behaviour and blamed the young girl for the contact. The police showed him the stream of messages and he accepted it.”

Mr Hollier read extracts from the girl’s victim impact statement saying how she felt “pressurised by what was happening”.

“She said she was glad she told someone because she was worried by what was happening and says she thinks Jason is vile,” he said.

Mr Hollier also told the court that Cartledge had previously received a caution in 1992 for the indecent assault of a child.

The judge, Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC, told Cartledge that the interest he had in underage girls was “concerning for the court”.

“You used threats and the vulnerability of a 15 year old girl persuading her to send pictures of herself. You sent indecent pictures of yourself and made plans to meet with her for sexual activity,” the Recorder said.

“She said she felt pressurised by you and you made threats that if she didn’t comply with your requests you would widely publicise the images she had sent to you. This was very distressing.

“You knew her age because you had seen pictures of her in her school uniform and that is why you were interested in her as opposed to a more mature woman,” he said.

Sentencing Cartledge to ten months in prison as well as issuing him with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Recorder Vere-Hodge said he could not suspend the sentence in the circumstances.

“It is people like you that use the internet not for a good purpose but for thoroughly awful purposes,” he concluded.

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