Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sex Offender Dodges Prison; STAINSBY HUMILIATED TEEN BOY BY POSTING NUDES ON FACEBOOK AFTER MASQUERADING AS A YOUNG GIRL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sex Offender Dodges Prison; STAINSBY HUMILIATED TEEN BOY BY POSTING NUDES ON FACEBOOK AFTER MASQUERADING AS A YOUNG GIRL

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT newsdesk@trinitymirror.com @EveningGazette

A SEX offender posed as a young girl to get nude pictures from a teenage boy - then sent them to the boy's friends.

Shaun Stainsby, 34, threatened to post naked images of the boy online in a cruel attempt to extort more explicit photos out of him.

He said in one message: "Do as you're told and the world won't see you naked."

He carried out his threat when the 15-year-old boy blocked him, Teesside Crown Court heard today.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said the case involved grooming and "in terms, blackmail".

Stainsby posed as young girls using false Facebook profiles and email addresses to speak to the boy on the internet in 2014 and 2015.

Under two female guises as "Lucy" and "Sophie", he asked for indecent images.

The boy sent naked pictures, but Stainsby made threats when he refused to send more.

He sent topless images of the boy with his private parts blacked out to his friends, then said: "I will post these on Facebook for everybody to see."

He wrote: "Haha you really have no idea who I am, do you? I'm not really Sophie haha.

"I've got plenty of guys and girls desperate to see you nude.

"If you don't get what I want I will show them."

The boy's friends reported the matter and Facebook removed the images.

The victim reported it to the police suspecting someone else could be targeted.

He said the ordeal left him feeling nervous and paranoid about his tormentor.

He said in a statement: "I didn't know who it was and that made me worry even more.

"It could have been anybody. I could have been talking to this person regularly and not even know it."

Another boy, aged 16, sent a naked image of himself to Stainsby, who he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

Police found Stainsby had downloaded 1,698 child abuse images to his computers including more than 500 at the most serious level. …

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