‘The sexual depravity he consistently displayed during this abuse of both young female children and adults is horrific’
The Crown Prosecution Service said the young girls targeted by Jordan Croft (26) from Worthing, West Sussex, had no rest from his perverse barrage of messages.
Croft admitted forcing 26 victims aged 12-22, most of whom were children, to send photos and videos of them performing sexual and degrading acts on themselves and others.
Croft sought out young girls on online chat platforms with the aim of dominating and controlling them.
Many felt they had no choice but to comply with his increasingly depraved requests.
Following a National Crime Agency investigation, it was discovered that he had been in contact with over 5,000 people on one platform alone.
He had used a large number of accounts based on false details in a bid to hide his true identity and avoid detection.
He also conducted the majority of his offending on encrypted phones and apps to hide his activities.
He forced his victims to send him a nude “custom pictures” of his choosing, and then used these to make demands for increasingly depraved and graphic content at all hours of the day, including while they were at school.
He told them to send naked images in different poses, and film themselves masturbating while saying his name or pretending to be his sister.
He was arrested in September 2019, after NCA officers identified him as the man behind various usernames which featured in reports of online abuse filed by a number of police forces in England.
This offending dated back to April 2018.
Two mobile phones and a USB stick were seized for analysis, which led to the NCA uncovering the full extent of his offending, including a further 19 victims.
Croft had saved the abuse material his victims sent him in two mobile phones that had an encrypted side to them, where the messaging applications were stored.
He had tagged the picture what their names and ages, along with a list of their social media followers.
Further indecent images of children (IIOC) were found on the USB stick which also contained a portable operating system.
When plugged in to a computer, the system would ensure nothing was written to the computer’s hard disk and all trace of activity was deleted.
Investigators linked him to 20 online profiles across four different messaging platforms.
Chat logs showed that in many cases, Croft initially pretended to be a teenage boy in order to befriend his victims.
He then set a list of rules they had to adhere to, which included moving their conversation to encrypted platform Telegram and sending any photos or videos he asked for.
Many were forced to film themselves verbally confirming that they were entering into his “contract of sexual slavery”.
If the girls did not comply or asked to be released from the contract, he would set punishments and threaten to expose them to their family or social media followers.
Croft was charged in June 2022 with 65 offences following authorisation by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The charges include multiple counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, blackmail, making unwarranted demands for IIOC, intentionally causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child, and making over 900 IIOC in categories A-C.
#He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to 18 years in prison, and a further eight years on licence. He will also be placed on the sex offenders' register for life, and will be subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims.
Jeanette Smith of the CPS said: “The young girls targeted by Croft had no rest from his perverse barrage of messages and felt they had no choice but to comply with his increasingly depraved requests.
“From the extensive evidence seized from his devices, it is clear Croft revelled in the control he had over these young victims and showed no concern for the impact his actions were having.
“He made attempts to hide his actions using encryption and platforms he thought were safe from detection, but we were still able to bring him to justice and I hope today’s result sends a clear message to other offenders.
“Our Organised Child Sexual Abuse Unit was set up earlier this year to prosecute child sexual abuse like this, and help stop its devastating impact on victims.”
Martin Ludlow, senior investigating officer at the National Crime Agency, said: “Jordan Croft is a prolific offender who has caused heart-breaking suffering to many victims and their families.
“The sexual depravity he consistently displayed during this abuse of both young female children and adults is horrific.
“Like many offenders Croft thrived on the power he was able to exert over the victims. He sought the feeling of control and obtained it by deceit and abuse.
“He showed no compassion for the victims, pushing them to breaking point and issuing threats, even when they begged him to stop.
“I commend these young women who have shown such bravery in speaking out against him.”