August 2017

Woman, 23, posed as man to trick schoolgirls into performing sex acts on Facetime

A woman posed as a man to trick two schoolgirls into performing sex acts on themselves on Facetime.

Emily Timms, 23, communicated with her victims via the video calling service on a smartphone while she sat and watched in a darkened room.

Timms also made the girls send explicit images, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Appearing on Monday, she pleaded guilty to three charges of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent, one of taking, permitting to be taken or making indecent photographs of a child and one of causing or inciting child prostitution.

The offences were committed between July 2012 and March last year.

She denied a further offence of causing or inciting child prostitution or taking, permitting to be taken or making indecent photographs of a child, and one of blackmail in which she was said to have demanded a watch from one of her victims.

The not guilty pleas were accepted by the prosecution.

Alexia Zimbler, defending, told the court a psychiatric assessment had already been carried out which revealed ‘nothing that causes concern’.

Adjourning sentence for a probation report, Judge Charles Macdonald QC told Timms that custody was likely.

Timms, from Crawley in West Sussex, was released on conditional bail until the week beginning September 25.

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