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A WIGAN teenager has appeared in court accused of blackmailing his online girlfriend and stockpiling thousands of indecent images of children.

Sean Jepson stands accused of using naked photos sent by his online girlfriend to blackmail her into buying computer games for him between November 17, 2012 and May 16 last year.

The 18-year-old has also been charged with 21 counts of possession of indecent images of children, three of possession of prohibited images of children and three of possession of extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse with an animal.

In total, the charges relate to more than 6,000 indecent photos and films discovered by police on May 16 last year - many of which have been classed right at the upper end of the scale used to classify grossly offensive images.

Many of the indecent images depicted children aged between one and four.

Prosecutors allege Jepson, of Helvellyn Road, Norley Hall, also made unwarranted demands with menaces to an online girlfriend in a bid to force her to buy computer games for him.

She eventually approached the police last year amid allegations he had set her a deadline to meet his demands.

Graham Simpson, defending, explained that the delay in the case was due to the lengthy police process of forensically examining two computers.

He added that, since Jepson’s arrest, his client had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

Magistrates granted Jepson conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. He is yet to enter any pleas.

As part of his bail, Jepson is barred from having any unsupervised access with children under 16 and from using any computer - except for on educational premises for college work.

 
 
 

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