Rapist, 24, who used fake Facebook and Plenty of Fish profiles to trick women into sending over naked photos before blackmailing them for sex or money is jailed for 15 years
- Rhys Miller-Offiong befriended young women on Facebook and Plenty of Fish
- He encouraged them to send naked selfies then blackmailed them into meeting
- Miller-Offiong raped one woman after meeting her in Catford, southeast London
- Victims were ‘scared and pressurised’ into complying with his sadistic demands
Rhys Miller-Offiong (pictured) befriended women on Facebook and Plenty of Fish and encouraged them to send over naked selfies
A rapist who created bogus profiles on social media and dating websites in a revenge porn scheme was jailed for 15 years today.
Rhys Miller-Offiong, 24, befriended young women on Facebook and Plenty of Fish and encouraged them to send over naked selfies.
He demanded either sex or money from his first victim, who was 17 at the time, before sending compromising pictures to her mother and boyfriend.
Miller-Offiong then tricked another woman into sending explicit pictures and videos of herself, before agreeing to meet him on a date in Catford, southeast London.
When she arrived, she received a text threatening to distribute the naked images if she did not meet another man first.
She then went with the man, who turned out to be Miller-Offiong, to a nearby address where he raped her.
The third victim met Miller-Offiong through dating website Plenty of Fish and sent over a real picture of himself.
He then began to threaten her and demand she perform a sex act on him, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
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Miller-Offiong then claimed he was watching her in a series of menacing texts, the court heard.
Andrew Hudson, prosecuting, said the victims were ‘scared and pressurised’ into complying with his demands for money and sexual acts.
But eventually Miller-Offiong was traced to the crimes after detectives used his ‘digital footprint’ to catch him.
Miller-Offiong demanded either sex or money from his first victim, 17, before sending compromising pictures to her mother and boyfriend, Woolwich Crown Court (pictured) heard
Mr Hudson said he hoped other potential victims of similar ‘catfishing’ scams will come forward as they will be taken seriously by police.
Miller-Offiong, from Catford, admitted blackmail, rape, four charges of distributing indecent images of a child, three of disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent to cause distress, and a charge of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.
Detective Constable Paul Harakis said: ‘Miller-Offiong is a predatory sex offender who has drawn unsuspecting girls into his sexual trap via social media.
‘The victims in this case have shown real strength of character and fortitude by both assisting our investigation and providing evidence to the court which left Miller-Offiong with little option than to plead guilty.
‘I would like to praise their bravery and courage in coming forward and I hope it gives them some form of closure now that Miller-Offiong is behind bars.’
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