Lee Phillip Rees pretended to be a 13-year-old girl in online chatrooms so he could blackmail the men who contacted him

A man who pretended to be a teenage girl online so he could blackmail the men who contacted him has been jailed for nine years.

Lee Phillip Rees, 48, from Roath, Cardiff, pretended to be a 13-year-old girl in online chat rooms, looking for men making sexual advances or who asked for images to be sent. He then sent files containing software that allowed him to take control of their computer and find material he could use to blackmail them, before asking them for money.

Rees admitted computer misuse, hacking and blackmail offences and was sentenced to nine years in prison in June, but reporting restrictions have prevented details being published until today.