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Gravesend man jailed for sexual offences and blackmail

PUBLISHED: 13:50 26 August 2014

Patrick Chidlow was jailed for five years.

Patrick Chidlow was jailed for five years.

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A man has been jailed for a string of sexual offences.

Patrick Chidlow, 19, formerly of Gravesend, pleaded guilty to 15 charges including blackmail, possessing and distributing indecent images of children and inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed for five years on August 15 at Maidstone Crown Court.

His crimes came to light when one of his victims, a teenage boy, reported Chidlow had forced him to send indecent images of himself over social media and messaging services, and had subsequently used the indecent images to blackmail him into sexual acts.

When detectives began investigating the allegations, another boy and a girl reported that Chidlow had also made similar advances to them.

DC Roger Harris said: “He has deeply affected other people’s lives and ruined his own through his behaviour.”

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