A teenage girl had pornographic images of herself uploaded to porn sites and sent to her boss by a “predatory offender” who she met online.

Robin Edwards Jones, aged 49, formerly of Lampeter in Ceredigion, met the teenager online in November 2015 when he claimed he was in fact 28.

Having made contact with the girl she sent him a number of indecent images before the relationship ended in April 2016 when the girl’s father became aware of the situation and called police.

Despite there being no contact between the pair for 12 months after the separation Jones tracked her down the following April when she started a new job. Indecent images of the victim, then aged 17, were then sent to her boss and uploaded to pornographic websites.

He even created a personal bio for each site that allowed her to be identified through her Facebook account.

“This was a thorough investigation into what has become known as revenge porn,” said detective sergeant Steve Barry of Dyfed-Powys Police.

The investigation took two years and saw three police forces involved overall.

“What we were faced with initially was a suspect who was alleged to have circulated indecent images of a teenage girl with the intent of causing her distress following the break-up of a six-month relationship," said DS Barry.

“As the investigation progressed it transpired that Jones was a predatory offender targeting young children online to obtain indecent images of them for his sexual gratification and desire to control them.

“He set up an email account under a false name and sent the victim’s employer eight indecent images, that she had taken during their relationship, in a bid to get her fired from her job.

“Around the same time the victim received a message asking if she was aware that these photos had been uploaded to a pornographic website – for a young girl this was extremely traumatic.”

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Police linked the email account to Jones’ home address and a search of the property was carried out. A number of devices were seized and Jones was interviewed by police. He strongly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that position throughout the whole investigation.

“In the meantime the victim received two messages on Facebook asking if images on another website were of her,” added DS Barry.

“She believed it was Jones further taunting her but inquires revealed it was a man who had identified her through a false profile and hoped to start a sexual relationship.

“Applications were made to the sites to ensure these images were removed swiftly to prevent further distress to the victim.”

Digital investigators analysed a computer belonging to Jones and discovered that he had exchanged sexual messages with a 14-year-old American girl and that he had started a relationship with her when she was just 12.

At the end of the investigation police had found more than 500 indecent images of victims with 52 in the most serious classification. He was also found to have shared 162 private photos without the consent of the victims.

Jones, now of Martins Way, Ledbury, was charged with two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, two counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child, and three counts of distributing indecent images of a child in categories A, B and C.

Jones maintained his innocence and opted for a trial but admitted the offences on the first day. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison and must register as a sex offender for 10 years. He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.