February 2022

Depraved paedophile jailed after using Snapchat to groom children in bogus free clothes giveaway

A depraved paedophile from Cannock has been jailed after pleading guilty to child sex offences.

Daniel Norton was sentenced to spend 13 years and six months in prison at Stafford Crown Court 

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of inciting a child under 13 years old to engage in sexual activity and one count of engaging a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity. Staffordshire Police has said he also admitted one count of blackmail.

The court heard how Norton exploited underage Snapchat users by creating bogus accounts purporting to give away free clothes.

He would ask users to confirm their measurements by sending images before threatening to share them online.

Norton would then blackmail victims into sharing explicit images and videos directly.