Boys tricked into sending photos

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Teenagers are reportedly being tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images through social media, police have said.

The victims, mainly boys aged 13 to 17, living in the Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven areas of East Sussex, have been asked for the images by someone calling themselves Jenny Lane or jennylane1994, according to Sussex Police.

The person claims to be a woman, aged 19 or 20, from Essex, who is moving to Brighton, and then asks the teenagers to share inappropriate images, a force spokeswoman said.

Detective Constable Steve Shimmons said: “This person has used an array of social media, including Facebook and Skype, to contact teenagers and has sent out more than 100 friend requests.

“So far 10 young people have come forward to say they have been contacted, two of them reporting that they were threatened with having images posted online if they did not send further inappropriate images.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who has been contacted on social media by someone purporting to be Jenny Lane.

“If you have been approached but haven’t yet spoken to us, please contact us.

“We understand that it may be difficult to come forward but we can assure you that you will be supported and your report will be treated sensitively.

“This is a serious offence that we believe has impacted on a large number of people.”

Police are working with schools in the area which are supporting the investigation.

Anyone who has been contacted by this person or who has information should talk to a teacher or call police on 101, email, quoting Operation Insight or serial 1218 09/08.

A 29-year-old man from Newhaven arrested earlier this month on suspicion of possessing indecent images and blackmail has been bailed until April 5 while investigations continue, police said.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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