Sex chat fake
The ‘girl’ claimed to be 18 years’ old in a bogus profile, but during online chats told the married father-of-two she was in fact 14, prosecutor Christine Egerton told York Crown Court.Handley,a “highly-decorated” ex-army man, drove from Hull to meet the ‘girl’ last August but instead found an undercover reporter waiting for him who took pictures of his car.However he said they could be deleted from the ‘system’ for a fee, pocketing himself thousands of pounds.
He sped off but was arrested at his home 12 days later.
A dossier of evidence showed a large number of men had instantly started messaging the fake online account in an attempt to groom the ‘girl’ for sex.
It should be a crime under the Fraud Act, Communications Act and Sex Offences Act and used to be until 2003 when it was removed when laws were replaced. Whilst my story sounds shocking, many have also been 'catfished' - as it is commonly referred to (a fake online persona used for creating romance online).
Individuals establish a relationship and build trust in their story, they can then chose to make the 'catfish' personal by meeting their victim to pursue a relationship under the premise of their alias.
He took advantage of my trust and took away my right to choose.