A 35-year-old Brit named Robert Hunter was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he tricked teenage and pre-teen girls into stripping for him and performing sexual acts, sometimes by pretending he was Justin Bieber.
According to The Guardian, Hunter used websites like Facebook, Skype and MSN to target and blackmail girls as young as 9-years-old in countries in Europe, Asia and North America. To some of the targeted girls, he would pretend he was Bieber in an attempt to make them strip for him and perform various sex acts.
All told, more than 800 videos and images were found on Hunter’s computer that he made between 2010 and 2012. “On each occasion he was able to disguise his true age and identity by the clever use of images of young boys or by pretending that his computer wasn’t working properly,” prosecutor Richard Bennett says. “As a further demonstration of the naivete and innocence of his victims, he was also able to persuade some that he was the music artist Justin Bieber. He did this in order to dupe and encourage these young girls to strip on webcams and perform sex acts for him.”
Judge Peter Bowers sentenced Hunter to 14 years in prison after the defendant pled guilty to 30 offences, including 15 charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and 14 of making indecent photos of children. Bowers says the case represented a “callous and sadistic exploitation.” “This is one of the most serious cases of internet abuse that the courts have dealt with,” he says.