August 2022

Paedophile, 26, blackmailed at least 26 girls as young as 12 into becoming his ‘sex slaves’ and forced them to send child sexual abuse images and videos

A Worthing man who targeted girls young girls online and blackmailed them into becoming his ‘sex slaves’ has pleaded guilty following a National Crime Agency investigation.
Jordan Croft, 26, admitted 65 offences relating to 26 young victims, who he forced to send photos and videos of them performing sexual and other degrading acts on themselves and others.
Croft sought out young girls on online chat platforms with the aim of dominating and controlling them.
NCA investigators found that he had been in contact with more than 5,000 people on one platform alone
After getting them to send him a nude ‘custom pic’ of his choosing, he used this to make demands for increasingly depraved and graphic content.
He 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.
NCA officers arrested Croft in September 2019, after identifying 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.
Numerous devices, including Croft’s 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.
Both phones had an encrypted side to them, which was where the messaging applications were stored.
Here, Croft had saved the abuse material his victims sent him, tagged with 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 Croft initially pretended to be a teenage boy in order to befriend his victims, but once content they were going to follow his rules, he revealed his true age and admitted to being a ‘catfish’ and a ‘pedo [sic] into girls’.
He also told many of them he had a degree in cyber security and had masked his online identity so he could not be traced by law enforcement.
Croft’s offending included forcing his victims to sexually abuse themselves and other children on demand, as well as film themselves urinating and defecating.
The images and videos usually had to be sent within a very short timeframe.
He also exerted his control by making them ask for permission to go to the toilet and let him know when they were going to be busy, so he didn’t think they were ignoring him.
Croft was charged in June 2022 following authorisation by the Crown Prosecution Service and remained on bail with conditions
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 65 counts today at Lewes Crown Court and is due to be sentenced on November 10.