A Northampton man who allegedly pretended to own a model agency in order to persuade women to send him naked photographs of themselves has been remanded in custody.
Married father-of-two Neil James Edwards, aged 46, appeared in Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on Friday having been arrested in England and brought to Northern Ireland by PSNI Cyber Crime officers investing a case of alleged revenge online porn.
Edwards is accused of dishonestly making a false representation on dates between September 11 and 14, 2014, claiming to own a model agency.
He is further accused of pursuing a course of conduct amounting to the harassment of a female on dates between September 16, and November 13, 2014.
The court heard the woman was persuaded to send dozens of naked photos of herself to the accused, in the belief they were to be used to construct a 3D image for her portfolio.
It is also alleged the photographs were posted on so-called ‘revenge porn’ websites
It was claimed in court that she was blackmailed with demands for further photographs.
A prosecution lawyer said there was no evidence that the accused was interested in financial gain, but that this was about sexual gratification and control over women chosen at random.
Bail was refused and Edwards was remanded in custody to appear by video-link at Fermanagh Magistrates Court on January 13.