An Army cadet sergeant has been jailed for four years for tricking more than 40 teenage boys into performing sex acts on social media by pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.
Jamie Hopes, 24, from Bridgend county, Wales tricked them into sending indecent videos of themselves by making them think they were interacting with a girl.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Hopes had a file called ‘For Baiting’ where he kept photos and graphic videos of a teenage girl and sent it to deceive boys.
At least 40 young victims were targeted and that the ‘vast majority’ were filmed performing sex acts, the court was told.
Police traced videos posted on Tumblr to Hopes' IP address in June 2018.
When Hopes was confronted at home, he told officers: ‘Yes, I know what you’re talking about, it will be on my mobile.’
Police found two devices containing more than 50,000 indecent videos and images.
They also found evidence Hopes had also shared material with fellow online paedophiles.
He pleaded guilty to 15 charges including causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, possession of indecent images of child, distributing indecent images of a child and possession of extreme pornography.
As well as his four year sentence Hopes He was banned from contacting anyone under 18 and and will remain on the sex offenders' register for life.
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South Wales Police Detective Constable Carl Taylor, said: “Hopes targeted dozens of teenage boys on popular social networking sites, gaining their trust by pretending to be a girl their own age, and grooming and manipulating them in to engaging in sexual acts.
“Our team have not been able to identify all of those affected by Hopes’ offending, but of those we’ve managed to trace, all have suffered greatly and the abuse has had a profound effect on them.
“I welcome this sentencing, and I hope it provides those victims with some closure and allows them to begin rebuilding their lives.”