Blackmailers posing as teenage boys will face prison sentence: judge
Two men who posed as teenage boys on Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will face prison, a judge has warned.
Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb appeared before Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday, reports the Gloucester Citizen.
One victim of the pair handed £15,000, the court heard.
The defendants, both aged 26, admitted two counts of blackmail between May 11 and May 16 this year.
The prosecutor said one victim went to police when the men attempted to blackmail him for £10,000 after posing as a 15-year-old boy.
“They set up a profile and were in contact with the first victim,” the prosecutor said.
“He agreed to meet them and they put forward that they were going to inform others about his activities and what his interests were, and they suggested he paid them £10,000 to forget it.”
Foster’s defence counsel said: “[Foster] became aware it was possible to find out about illegal sexual activities and common to both victims is that they were not interested in gay sex, but underage sex.
“It was his plan to pose as a juvenile and video it – it was not to blackmail for money, not the first time.”
The men will be sentenced on August 21, Judge Jamie Tabor telling them they will face a jail term.