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A man has been jailed for blackmail after he met victims on dating app

News   •   Aug 22, 2019 13:52 BST

[Guilty: Patryk Hrymak]

A man has been jailed for blackmail after threatening to disclose private sexual photographs unless he was paid 

Patryk Hrymak, 27 (6.05.92) of Norbury Crescent, SW16, appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, 20 August where he was sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment in connection with eight counts of blackmail and two counts of disclosing photographs and films with intent to cause distress. 

Hrymak would meet the victims on a dating app, before moving the conversation to online messaging and exchanging naked images. 

Hrymak would give the victim the impression that he intended to meet up with them but before that, he would insist they confirm who they were by providing social media profile details. 

When he had gained access to the victim’s phone number and social media contacts, Hrymak would threaten to send their naked images to their social media contacts unless they paid him. 

Many of the victims blocked Hrymak and reported him to police. However one victim paid him £120 in order to prevent him sending the images. 

In six of the eight cases, Hrymak sent images to the victim’s contacts. 

Officers arrested Hrymak at his home address in Croydon on 14 November 2018. He was subsequently charged with eight counts of blackmail and two counts of disclosing photographs and films with intent to cause distress. 

On Thursday, 25 July, he appeared at Croydon Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to all counts. 

Detective Constable Keval Varia, investigating, said: “The victims in this case were contacted via a male only dating app, however anyone using any form of online dating service, should be wary of sending intimate photographs of themselves. Think carefully about what you share with people online.

“I hope that the sentence handed down brings a measure of closure for the victims.”