A man from Tower Hamlets has been jailed for nine years after he forced a 12-year-old girl online to make a video of herself before he sent it to her friends.

Samuel David Lopez Florez of Solebay Street was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, July 5 .

The 25-year-old had pleaded guilty to inciting a child under 13 to commit a sexual act, causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual image and being in possession of counterfeit identity.

During August and September 2015, a 12-year-old girl was sent a friend request on a video chat application by the user samufc.

The victim accepted the request, which allowed Lopez Florez, who gave his name as Samuel Davids, to view and have access to her personal friends list.

He then sent indecent messages to the child and urged her to make an explicit video of herself before ordering her to send it to him.

In return the man would send videos of himself performing a sex act.

The investigation came to light when the 12-year-old victim became distressed and attempted to break contact.

The man then threatened to send a video of her to all of her school peers, who he had accessed through her friends list.

Lopez Florez had sent several other friend requests to the victim’s friends, which had been accepted.

The threats continued and eventually a video was sent to her friends as well as explicit images and conversations.

Further allegations were made by eight other girls who are all currently studying at school in year eight.

Staffordshire Police initially led the investigation and submitted a number of devices from the victim and others for forensic examination, which led officers to an address in east London.

Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Exploitation and Child Abuse Command identified the man as Lopez Florez.

After he was arrested, the Tower Hamlets man admitted the offences during an interview.

Lopez Florez, a Mexican national, was also found with a false Spanish passport and was discovered to be an illegal immigrant having over-stayed his VISA, which ran out in January 2015.

Det Sgt Karen Bradley said: “Lopez Florez purposely targeted under aged girls through social media to obtain sexual gratification. Having established a relationship he then applied pressure on them to carry out further sexual activity using material that had been sent to him.

“I would like to thank the victims and their families for having the courage to come forward to police and hope that the successful conviction will help bring a measure of closure.

“Lopez Florez has admitted guilt and has been removed from society for a significant term. We will pursue all such offenders to bring them to justice.

“I encourage all victims of sexual offences to come forward and report the matter to police in the knowledge that they will be supported and their allegations will be fully investigated.”

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