September 2017

Sex offender walks free after posing as girl on Facebook to get nude pictures of teenage boy

A sex offender posed as a young girl to get nude pictures from a teenage boy – then sent them to the boy’s friends.

Shaun Stainsby, 34, threatened to post naked images of the boy online in a cruel attempt to extort more explicit photos out of him.

He said in one message: “Do as you’re told and the world won’t see you naked.”

He carried out his threat when the 15-year-old boy blocked him, Teesside Crown Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said the case involved grooming and “in terms, blackmail”.

Stainsby posed as young girls using false Facebook profiles and email addresses to speak to the boy on the internet in 2014 and 2015.

Under two female guises as “Lucy” and “Sophie”, he asked for indecent images.

The boy sent naked pictures, but Stainsby made threats when he refused to send more.

He sent topless images of the boy with his private parts blacked out to his friends, then said: “I will post these on Facebook for everybody to see.”

He wrote: “Haha you really have no idea who I am, do you? I’m not really Sophie haha.

“I’ve got plenty of guys and girls desperate to see you nude.

“If you don’t get what I want I will show them.”

The boy’s friends reported the matter and Facebook removed the images.

The victim reported it to the police suspecting someone else could be targeted.

He said the ordeal left him feeling nervous and paranoid about his tormentor.

He said in a statement: “I didn’t know who it was and that made me worry even more.

“It could have been anybody. I could have been talking to this person regularly and not even know it.”

Another boy, aged 16, sent a naked image of himself to Stainsby, who he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

Police found Stainsby had downloaded 1,698 child abuse images to his computers including more than 500 at the most serious level.

They depicted mostly boys between 10 and 16, and he had distributed images of teenage girls.

Stainsby, of Rosthwaite Avenue, Stockton, admitted nine charges, his first offences.

They were two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of inciting a child to be involved in pornography, two of distributing and three of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Judge James Spencer QC said Stainsby behaved in “a very serious criminal way”.

He told Stainsby: “You might find it easy to lie about who you are but it does you no credit to have done so, especially wth youngsters who are struggling with their own growing up.

“You threatened that boy and on two occasions sought to ridicule him by posting pictures of him in the nude.

“Your case richly deserves a prison sentence.”

He did not jail Stainsby because of the time passed since the offences, his cooperation and confession to police and good behaviour since.

“You had better grow up pretty sharply otherwise you’ll be in serious trouble throughout your life,” he added.

Stainsby received an 18-month jail term suspended for two years with a sex offender treatment programme with a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

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