Cleethorpes blackmailer sentenced to 40 months
Paul Snelson (23) has today (8 November) been sentenced to three years and four months in prison at Grimsby Crown Court, after pleading guilty to 18 counts of blackmail.
In a process known as 'catfishing', Snelson assumed the identity of several different women, then enticed his victims with what purported to be intimate images of that woman in order that the victim would reciprocate.
He then blackmailed his victims, threatening to expose them on the Internet as sex offenders unless they paid money into his bank account. Snelson extorted over £1000 in this way, although some victims refused to give in to his demands for money.
Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: "Snelson is a prolific offender. He ruthlessly and cynically targeted his victims online, blackmailing them into paying him many hundreds of pounds.
"Thankfully he was reported to the police and the full extent of his criminal behaviour became clear. He is now serving a 40-month sentence which clearly demonstrates this type of offending will be investigated and robustly prosecuted."
Notes to editors
- Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
Paul Snelson d.o.b. 1/3/96