Paedophile posed as Justin Bieber and Niall Horan of One Direction to trick teenage girls into stripping for him online
A paedophile who tricked under aged girls into performing sexual acts on their webcams befriended the teens online by posing as Justin Bieber and One Direction's Niall Horan.
Simon Hale then persuaded the girls from Britain, Australia and Denmark into posing naked or topless for him as well as blackmailing teen Bieber and 1D fans into performing sexual acts on Skype.
The 37-year-old was jailed for a minimum of ten years and the judge branded him so dangerous he may never be freed.
Both Justin Bieber and Niall Horan have been informed of the case and were both ‘horrified and appalled’ at the way their identities had been used by Hale.
He tricked the underage girls into believing they would be able to talk to Justin Bieber and 1D’s Horan through a chat-room style website – although the recipient of their messages was in fact Hale, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
He then used sophisticated software to take over the young girls’ computers after which he recorded and blackmailed some of them into committing on-camera sex acts for his own perverted sexual gratification.
When police tracked him down they found 35 Skype accounts and more than 180 homemade videos, mostly of young girls.
Nearly 90 of these show the girls them performing various sex acts.
Police identified ten out of 33 girls with whom Hale has struck up online relationships.
The court heart how Hale blackmailed one 13-year-old Bieber fan to strip naked and commit simulated sex acts with her six-year-old cousin.
Another girl was made to commit sexual acts with her four-year-old brother and other girls were made to touch themselves intimately.
All girls were underage and between 13 and 15.
Hale admitted ten counts of causing or inciting children to comment indecent acts and 12 charges of making, possessing or distributing images of those children.
Prosecutor David Gittins told the court that Hale had a previous conviction for grooming a girl on the internet, meeting her and having intercourse with her twice.
He was jailed for five years in 2005.
Judge Paul Darlow said: ‘By pretending to be someone you knew girls would idolise, you inveigled your way into their confidence in several cases spawned an infatuation with you.’
He said Hale's actions were 'sinister and premeditated' and warned he will remain a risk to the public in the future.
Hale was sentenced to an indeterminate jail term for public protection with a minimum of ten years behind bars but warned he may stay in prison.
Detective Inspector Simon Snell, of Devon and Cornwall Police, who leads the cyber-crime team, said: ‘The abuse of Hale's victims was horrific.
'He is a very dangerous and sadistic man, with him it's about control and sexual gratification.’