A person who used pretend social media profiles to persuade younger girls to ship compromising photographs of themselves earlier than blackmailing and raping one in every of them has been jailed.
Rhys Miller-Offiong of Muirkirk Highway, SE6 was jailed for 15 years with an four-year prolonged licence at Woolwich Crown Court docket on Thursday, 6 December.
On his launch, he might be made to signal the Intercourse Offenders Register for an indefinite interval and might be topic to a Sexual Hurt Prevention Order.
Miller-Offiong had pleaded responsible on the identical court docket on 5 November to 1 rely of rape, one rely of blackmail, 4 counts of distributing indecent photographs of a kid, three counts of exposing non-public sexual images and movies with intent to trigger misery, and one rely of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.
An additional rely of rape and tried rape had been ordered to lie on file.
An investigation was launched after Miller-Offiong raped a 19-year-old lady at an deal with in Catford on 24 August 2017.
Miller-Offiong had met the lady on-line utilizing a pretend profile. He had initially persuaded her to ship intimate photographs to him after which arrange a gathering along with her. When the sufferer attended and realised Miller-Offiong was not the individual she thought she had been partaking with on-line, he threatened to ship the photographs to her family and friends if she refused to go along with him. Below duress, the lady went with Miller-Offiong to an deal with in Catford the place she was raped.
The offence was reported to police who managed to determine Miller-Offiong by means of his social media profiles. Additional investigations established two different younger girls who had been snared on-line by Miller-Offiong and tricked into sending compromising photographs and movies of themselves to him. He was arrested and subsequently charged.
Detective Constable Paul Harakis of the Little one Abuse and Sexual Offences Command mentioned:
“Miller-Offiong is a predatory intercourse offender who has drawn unsuspecting women into his sexual lure through social media. The victims on this case have proven actual energy of character and fortitude by each helping our investigation and offering proof to the court docket which left Miller-Offiong with little choice than to plead responsible.
“I want to reward their bravery and braveness in coming ahead and I hope it offers them some type of closure now that Miller-Offiong is behind bars.”
= Miller-Offiong was sentenced as follows:
– rape; 15 years’ imprisonment plus a four-year prolonged licence;
– blackmail; 4 years’ imprisonment to run concurrently;
– 4 counts of distributing indecent photographs of a kid; ten months’ imprisonment for every offence to run concurrently;
– three counts of exposing non-public sexual images and movies with intent to trigger misery; ten months’ imprisonment for every offence to run concurrently;
– commit an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence; two yr’s imprisonment to run concurrently.