A former youth council spokesman who posed as a teenage girl and encouraged under-age boys to carry out disgusting sex acts on their pets and siblings has been jailed.
Connor Allen-Howe, previously of Nash Court in Halstead, used Skype to make contact with boys aged between 12 and 17 over three years and secretly recorded videos and photos of the children performing sex acts on themselves and others.
The 21-year-old admitted 31 separate sex offences at Chelmsford Crown Court back in December and was jailed for eight years in the same court on Tuesday (March 28).
Allen-Howe’s vile acts were first uncovered when one of the boys, who lived in Colorado, USA, reported the conversations over Skype to his parents, who then went to their local police department.
Eventually, five separate Skype accounts linked to Allen-Howe were uncovered and traced back across the Atlantic to Halstead, where he was arrested and interviewed by police.
Officers also seized his laptop and mobile phone where they found an “archive” of illicit material, showing many of his 22 victims either naked or performing sex acts on themselves.
The court heard that Allen-Howe urged one of the boys to sexually assault his own dog.
The boy, just 13 at the time, was asked to drink his own urine and “put his finger in his dog’s vagina”, which he then did.
Four videos were sent to Allen-Howe, two of which showed the abuse of the dog.
Allen-Howe, now of Shakespeare Road in Colchester, was charged with 21 counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, eight counts of causing or inciting child pornography and two counts of making indecent images of children and was jailed by Judge Emma Peters.