‘Manipulative’ teenage girl, 19, with a ‘lack of empathy’ who posed as a young boy to abuse underage girls is jailed for nine years
Chantelle Johnson, 19, posed as young boys to take advantage of underage girls.
She created a web of deception and created several fictional characters online.
Johnson, of Middlesbrough, was jailed for nine years and four months on Friday.
A teenage girl who posed as younger boys to take sexual advantage of underage girls was today jailed for more than nine years.
Chantelle Johnson, 19, spun a bizarre and elaborate web of deception inventing seven fictional characters to con three younger schoolgirls.
She invented a bogus family with a fake child’s funeral and a dying father in the complex subterfuge, a court heard.
Her crimes came to light when the suspicious mother of one of the girls, who had seemingly been communicating with a boy of her age, uncovered her lies.
To her horror, she discovered the boy did not exist and it was in fact Johnson, from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.
Johnson was several years older than her child and she was able to lure the girl with compliments on social media before turning to sexual talk.
She made sexual suggestions but the girl said she was too young, Teesside Crown Court was told.
Johnson was disguised as a boy when she met the girl and never showed her full face – claiming tot wear a tightly-fastened hood because of a head injury.
On another occasion, the defendant faked an asthma attack to avoid the mum’s challenge to take off her hood.
She also contacted the girl as herself saying the non-existent boy was ‘head over heels’ for her, drawing the young victim in further.
They met repeatedly, kissed and took part in sexual activity. She concocted a second fictitious boy who messaged another girl, persuading her to send pictures of her in underwear.