A ‘callous’ woman who posed as a young man to get a teenager to send her naked images of herself has been jailed.
Evil Shilpa Uga, 26, pretended to be a 21-year-old man on the internet before convincing the 16-year-old victim to send her explicit images between January and April 2014.
She then demanded large sums of money and threatened to share the pictures and videos with others on social media if she did not pay up.
The girl was so upset she attempted suicide but was caught just in time by a family member. When she revealed what had happened Leicestershire Police launched an investigation and found that Uga was behind the bogus social media account.
She previously pleaded guilty to blackmail and five counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of a child at an earlier hearing.
On Friday, she was jailed for three years and placed on the sex offenders register for life at Leicester Crown Court.
Uga, of Humberstone, Leicester, had also shared the images and videos with 28-year-old Jatin Gohil.
Gohil, also from Humberstone, pleaded guilty to harassment and seven counts of possessing, making and distributing of indecent images of a child.
He was sentenced to three years in prison and also placed on the sex offenders register for life.
After the case, Detective Constable Skarv Hussain, of Leicestershire Police, branded Uga’s actions as ‘callous’.
He said: ‘This was an extremely traumatic period for the victim who felt she had no alternative then to take her life.
‘Uga’s actions were callous and she had no regard for the affect it would have on the young victim.
‘This was a lengthy and complex case to investigate where we examined a number of mobile ‘phones and electronic devices.
‘We’re pleased both defendants have pleaded guilty to their parts in the offences and hope this helps the victim move on with her life and put the events of those months behind her.’