Sex blackmailer gets jail term; UK BULLETINS.
A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for five years for forcing teenagers into sending indecent images of themselves over social media and then blackmailing them into performing sexual acts.
Patrick Chidlow, of Dashwood Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to 16 charges, which included blackmail, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, rape and inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was jailed for five years at Maidstone Crown Court.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "His crimes came to light when one of his victims, a teenage boy, came forward to report that Chidlow had forced him to send indecent images of himself over social media and messaging services, and had subsequently used the indecent images to blackmail him into sexual acts."