An “highly manipulative” man that infiltrated the girls’ Snapchat profiles and conned them into sending him intimate pictures has been jailed.
Akash Sondhi, who is of age 27, from Essex, had a history of 65 offenses over the period of 4 years. Essex Police said Sondhi threatened 574 victims across the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Romania and other states by hacking their picture-sharing accounts. He was subjected to 11 years in jail. Police said Sondhi approached women and girls between the ages of 16 and 25. He told them that if they didn’t give him new naked photographs of themselves, he would post existing explicit images of them to his family and friends. Some of the young females responded with his orders, and the authorities said that he carried out his threats in at least six cases. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Sondhi’s actions had a “had a dramatic effect” and one woman attempted suicide.
Sondhi, of Hedingham Road, was arrested when a police cyber-crime unit raided his home on 19 March, after multiple victims reported attempts to extort him.
Det Sgt, Ian Collins said that this should be a warning and a wakeup call for all the people who are thinking of committing such a crime in the future. He said that they are going to find such a person, and bring that person in the hands of justice no matter what.
“I advise anybody using social media not to store explicit pictures of themselves, to safeguard and protect your data, and to make sure you never become a victim.” Joseph Stickings of the CPS said, “Akash Sondhi was a highly manipulative man who imposed psychological and emotional harm on young women while also rewarding their images and videos.” Furthermore, Joseph said that he appreciated all the women that came ahead and told their truth even though they went through an event that would be very hard to talk about. Sondhi was also told that he would be placed in the sex offender list for 10 years.