Scots revenge porn blackmailer who hunted for victims on Grindr hit with extended five year prison sentence

A REVENGE porn blackmailer who hunted for victims on a gay dating website was given an extended five year prison sentence.

Reece Scobie, 23, of Inchture, between Dundee and Perth, blackmailed his victims by threatening to publish naked pictures of them on social media sites after meeting them on Grindr.

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Scobie blackmailed his victims by threatening to publish naked pictures of them on social media

Scobie told his sextortion victims he would post explicit images they had sent him across the internet and pass them on to their family and friends.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis heard Scobie was a “borderline genius” who could have gone to university and called his case “somewhat tragic and a waste of ability.”

He told Scobie he would spend three years behind bars and a further two year extended sentence was imposed to protect the public from serious harm.

Scobie was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register and made the subject of a highly restrictive Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Among the restrictions is a ban on using social media like Facebook without special police approval.

Sheriff Foulis told Scobie that his three victims would have been extremely alarmed and distressed by the threats to make them the subject of revenge porn.

He was already on the Sex Offenders Register when he lured his victims – including a 15-year-old boy – into sending pictures of their genitals to him.

When they tried to break off contact with Scobie he threatened to hack Google and Facebook and find all the images of their faces which were present online.

Scobie told victims: “I’m going to go on Facebook and hack it. I’m going to distribute your dirty chat and nude photos.

“I’m going to send them individually to each and every one of your friends.

“This might take me all day but it will be worth it.

“I’m going to send them to your work and put them all over my Facebook.

“I will drive your life into the ground like a f***ing tent peg.

“This is a promise I intend to keep. I will also send your photos to your uni.

“If you want to sort this out I’m here to talk. If not – game on.”

Fiscal depute John Malpass told the court that Scobie – who also used the pseudonym Calum Maxwell – had found his victims on Grindr.

He said Scobie had been jailed in Iceland after being caught with child porn images on a flight to the USA and had been booted out of the country on February 8 last year.

Within a fortnight he had started seeking out victims on Grindr and had exchanged numbers with them so they could initially send each other text messages.

“The accused asked the first one to send naked photos of himself,” Mr Malpass said.

“The man was nervous but after some persuasion he sent photos.”

However, Scobie started acting “in a strange manner” and became aggressive towards his victims and started making threats when they tried to cut off contact with him.

He admitted that on March 8 last year he tried to extort responses to his text messages by threatening to publish naked images of one complainer on the internet.

He admitted threatening a second man in a similar way the following day and also that he would pass his naked pictures on to his family and friends.

Between March 1 and April 30 he admitted causing a 15-year-old child to participate in sexual activity by inducing him to create sexual images and send them to Scobie.

He admitted two further charges relating to the schoolboy including menacing him and trying to extort further images from him by threatening to publish his naked pictures online.

Scobie also admitted breaching bail by deleting the browser history on his mobile phone.

Mr Malpass told the court that Scobie’s victims were “concerned and frightened” and that the youngest victim was only discovered during an analysis of the paedophile’s phone after he was arrested.

Solicitor Gary McIlravey, defending, said: “What he said to me was that he was struggling with his sexuality at the time. This spiraled out of control.”

Earlier this year, Scobie was placed on the register after Police Scotland took a rare civil action based on his conviction from outside the United Kingdom.

Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland after being found with child porn images and videos on his latest illicit trip to Seattle in the United States.

As well as being jailed for 12 months in Iceland last year, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 court costs after he admitted several frauds and having a large haul of child porn.

He was found with 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn and the internet restricting conditions were in place upon his return to Scotland.

In 2013, Scobie, who was just 19, was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.

He was compared to notorious Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale in the wake of a global travel con funded by £70,000 he duped from travel agents.

Abagnale Jnr, played by Leonardo di Caprio in the movie, posed as an airline pilot to travel the world while taunting the authorities.

Scobie booked as many as 30 hotel rooms and at least five luxury holidays across the world each costing between £5,000 and £10,000.

The teenager – who lives with his mother – booked round the world trips taking in Dubai, Auckland, Atlanta, New York and Vancouver.