March 2018

Sexual predator jailed after blackmailing girls on Instagram

A predatory sexual predator from Essex who blackmailed young girls into sending him nude photographs has been jailed for more than five years.

Keelan Rowley, 20, used sites such as Instagram and Snapchat to target 14 girls, including four who were just 12-years-old.

Rowley, from Ruaton Drive in Clacton-on-Sea, threatened the schoolgirls from Hertfordshire into sending him pictures or videos.

He told his terrified victims that if they failed to comply with his demands and send him nude photos or videos he would subject them to sexual violence or share intimate pictures of them with their friends and family.

On Tuesday, March 13 at Chelmsford Crown Court, Rowley admitted a string of sexual offences which included:

  • Two counts of inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity

  • Five counts of inciting sexual exploitation of a child aged between 13 and 17

  • Five counts of inciting a child aged between 13 and 17 to engage in sexual activity

  • Two counts of making an indecent image of a child

  • One count of distributing an indecent image of a child

He was jailed for 64 months, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.