A former Manchester squash coach who groomed teenage boys into sending him naked images of themselves has been jailed.
Hirusha Henricus, 25, of Ashton-under-Lyne, was sentenced to 14 years at Manchester Crown Square.
He pleaded guilty to ten counts of causing or inciting sexual activity with a child. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of attempt rape. Additionally, Henricus was convicted of one count of possessing an indecent image of a child and one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act.
The counts involve a total of ten victims including children Henricus had access to through his role.
In September 2014 police received a report Henricus had inappropriately messaged a boy asking him to perform sexual acts.
The 25-year-old was subsequently arrested and after officers seized his computer and phone. The full extent of his offending was revealed.
The devices showed hundreds of conversations with victims that would start off as friendly chat before becoming sexualised and explicit.
Henricus would often find out what the teenagers’ insecurities and vulnerabilities were before manipulating them into exposing themselves over webcam or sending photos.
On other occasions, he would propose a series of ‘dares’ to get them to strip. He then had different aliases to dupe the victims into thinking they were chatting with someone else.
In another case, he spent months building up a rapport with the victim. He eventually convinced them to meet him in person where he then sexually abused him.
Detective Inspector Lewis Hughes, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “He knew these children were under age and he didn’t care. He actively sought them out to commit a catalogue of sexual offences against them and did not once think about the physical and emotional abuse he was inflicting on them.
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