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‘Harmful’ Blyth pervert used stolen Fb photos of girls to arrange faux escort profiles

Dangerous loner Gavin Gray used stolen photos from women’s Facebook accounts to create fake escort profiles.

The perverts bombarded the victims with online abuse and sent their pictures to advertise escort on a website called Locanto.

A court heard that one of the victims met Gray on a dating site and he took disgusting photos of himself sexually abusing her in her sleep and then advertised her as an escort.

The 42-year-old from Blyth, Northumberland also sent sexual messages to underage girls and illegally conversed with a fake child profile created by pedophile hunters.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told Newcastle Crown Court: “He has sent unsolicited messages and in some cases created or threatened to profile the women on escort agencies.”

Ms. Dowling added, “The prosecution is that these crimes show a pattern of controlling, degrading and hostile behavior towards women.

“It shows that he doesn’t respond well to rejection at all.”

The court heard that a woman Gray met on the Badoo dating site was sent graphic photos he had taken of her while she was sleeping.

Miss Dowling said, “He sent a link to the Locanto site that he set up without her consent.

“He uploaded pictures of her, naked.

“She was desperate.

“He threatened to send some of the photos to her sister.”

Miss Dowling said the escort agency showed the victim’s full name and age and advertised that she would “fuck it all”.

Gray’s phone had pictures of him engaging in sexual acts on the woman while she slept.

The woman said she was “completely hurt” and added, “It makes me sick”.

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Miss Dowling told the court that Gray sent hostile messages to another woman on Facebook and then received a request from an unknown man who saw the Locanto ad asking for sex.

Miss Dowling told the court: “He was referring to an ad he saw on Locanto and sending screenshots.

“The ad had a photo of her and her phone number that advertised sexual services.”

The court heard Gray targeting another woman whom he named and then told her she had an account on the Locanto website.

Miss Dowling said, “He sent photos of the account he set up with her picture he took from her Facebook.”

The court heard that Gray contacted a 17-year-old on Facebook calling her a “stupid little girl”. Then he warned that he had sent pictures from her account to a porn site.

He shared with other underage teenagers asking them to perform sexual acts for him on camera and sent a similar notice to a member of a pedophile hunter group called STOP.

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Gray of Marlow House, Blyth admitted trying to have sexual communication with a child, send malicious communications, have sexual communication with a child, induce sexual activity in one child, induce sexual activity in one, and two Sexual assault charges.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced Gray to eight years in prison, saying he was a “dangerous” offender. He is also required to sign the Sex Offender Register and adhere to a lifetime ordinance aimed at preventing sexual harm.

The judge told him, “There is currently a significant risk that you will cause serious harm by committing further crimes.”

Andrew Walker, who defended himself, said that Gray, who sent a letter to the judge that was not read in court, had a previous good character and lived “lonely and isolated” lives with a history of mental health problems.

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