A PERVERT who befriended teenage girls over the internet before sending them sexually explicit images of himself has been jailed.
A court heard Nicholas McEntee also threatened two 14-year-olds into sending him naked pictures of themselves by telling them he would post details about them on social networking sites.
McEntee, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for two years and eight months yesterday after a judge heard he targeted 14 different victims, aged between 12 and 15, over a three year period.
McEntee, of Norfolk House, Wetherby, pleaded guilty to 13 offences of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Leeds Crown Court heard McEntee would often groom the youngsters after they accepted his friend requests on Facebook and other sites. McEntee also had mobile phone contact with some of the victims and requested them to send him sexual images of themselves.
r occasions McEntee briefly made contact with the victims before sending them sexual images of himself.
Robert Stephenson, prosecuting, said McEntee was arrested after the father of one of the teenage girls saw material he had sent to his daughter and contacted police.
He continued to offend after being released on bail.
The court heard four of the victims were friends from the same school. Most victims were from Yorkshire and neighbouring counties.
Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, said McEntee used his own Facebook account, e-mail and mobile phone when committing the offences.
Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, told McEntee: “I’m afraid these offences in their totality are so serious that an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”