Norfolk teenager used fake Facebook profile to deceive girls
06:30 21 September 2012
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People planning to use fake Facebook accounts to deceive people have been issued a stern warning, after a Norfolk teenager admitted to creating an alter-ego to attract glamour photos from girls.
Thomas Utting, of Otter Close, Salhouse, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after admitting to one charge of fraud and four charges of making indecent photos of children under-16.
The 18-year-old had created a fake Facebook account for his fictional photographer alter-ego, Josh Reinwood.
Handing Utting 80 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community supervision order, Recorder Guy Ayers said: “Had you have been a little bit older, you would have been going into custody.
“Courts will not tolerate this type of behaviour, as it seems to some extent girls who are under 16 or under 18 have to be protected from themselves.” Jonathan Goodman, in mitigation, said that Utting had been “very naive” and explained that the alter-ego had been a release from bullying in the real world.
It was explained that a girl had sent Utting images of herself fully clothed before the situation escalated to images of her in her underwear and then topless.
Eventually one girl searched ‘Josh Reinwood Photography’ on Google and found a warning on a different photography website, warning girls to be aware that he was a not a real photographer.
A warrant was served by police and the images were found on Utting’s computer, before he fully admitted what he had done in interview.
Utting said he had set up the fake Facebook account for Josh Reinwood about eight months before.