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An evil pervert forced teenage girls from around the world into doing humiliating sex acts on camera by threatening to kill himself if they refused.
Elliot Nicklin used a number of fake online personas to blackmail his victims into his sadistic scheme before subjecting them to wicked abuse online, on one occasion making a girl carve his name into her breast.
According to the Liverpool Echo, detectives believe the 22-year-old abused more than 70 teenage girls between 2014 and the day he was arrested in May 2020, and have traced more than two dozen of his victims.
Many have been left psychologically scarred by Nicklin's twisted actions and in some cases have reported being suicidal.
Nicklin appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, where his sentencing hearing was initially delayed after he suffered a panic attack.
The court heard how a 12-month investigation by Merseyside Police found that predator Nicklin had preyed on vulnerable children, usually befriending them online before encouraging them to perform for him.
In some cases he used multiple fake personas — some of them female — to develop relationships with a victim. He then told them either himself or one of the bogus profiles would self harm or commit suicide unless they complied with his sick demands.
In other cases, he pressured victims by telling them footage would be sent to their family, friends, school or local police unless they sent him more material.
The court heard he also made some victims to choke themselves on camera. Other demands included for one girl to hold her head in the water of her toilet bowl, one to strip in her school toilets, and another to carve his name into her breast while crying to the camera.
In one case he even sent a photograph of a victim naked from the waist up, though with her breasts covered, to her sister along with the comment: "Go and talk to your sister and see what’s going on."
Nicklin admitted 27 offences, including the possession of hundreds of indecent images of children.
Of those, 85 were classed as Category A, the most serious category and one that can include images of child rape.
In one heartbreaking statement read to the court, one of his victims said: "It was six years of hell… you spun a story of abuse and sick threats to kill yourself and release your pictures to my family to gain sympathy. It worked. You had me falling for you."
In reference to that victim's comments in his sentencing remarks, Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Nicklin: "You broke her."
The judge jailed Nicklin for 10 years. The sentence for his possession of indecent images be followed by a consecutive nine year sentence for his other crimes, and he will only be considered for parole after serving two thirds of that sentence.
When he is released he will be under strict conditions for the remainder of that nine year period, plus a further five years.
Nicklin was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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