Dover teenager jailed for 12 years after blackmailing women from around the world

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A Dover teenager who blackmailed women from all over the world to send him indecent images of themselves has been jailed for 12 years



18-year-old man admits blackmailing women into sending indecent images


Evan Prevett (pictured left), 18 from Buckland Avenue, Dover pleaded guilty to blackmail, taking indecent images of a child and inciting child pornography when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on 14 April.

Kent Police was first contacted by a woman in Canada who reported that Prevett had been blackmailing her to send him indecent images of herself.

They had become friends via social network sites and on several occasions he asked her to take her clothes off. But unbeknown to her, Prevett was taking snapshots of her and saving these to his computer. He then made threats to send the images to her friends and family if she did not send him more images.

Denied threats


When officers arrested him, he admitted knowing the victim but denied the threats. When officers seized his laptop they found images of a victim in Texas as well as from the Shetland Islands. Prevett also made threats to one victim's life if she did not send him images.

Officers believe there were six victims in total.

Victims urged to report crimes

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kinga Hammersley said: 'This has been a complex and protracted case with victims spread across the world.

'I want to pay tribute to those victims, they have suffered greatly at the hands of Prevett, and shown great courage in giving evidence.

'Their experiences show that online abuse is harmful and causes great distress. Prevett knew this, and used the children's fear against them in the most malicious and manipulative way.

'I am glad that he has been brought to justice and will now learn that there are consequences for his behaviour.

'I would ask that anyone who has been a victim of such a crime should talk to someone that they trust and report it, so that police can take the appropriate steps to both safeguard children and bring offenders to justice.'



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