Two female British Army soldiers who sold explicit sex photos and videos of themselves to a male colleague have been blackmailed after he threatened to expose them online if he didn’t receive a reimbursement, a court-martial heard.
Private Thomas Davies has treated his victims as ‘prey’ after offering to pay them up to £400 for intimate photos, a sex tape and a video call in which the women were ‘undressed’.
Demanding his money, the 22-year-old ‘bad guy’ sent one of the victim’s aunts a screenshot of a topless video she had made of her performing oral sex on her boy friend.
He then threatened to share the photos of the two women on social media if the money was not returned to him.
After admitting two counts of blackmail, Pte Davies, of 3 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, based in Abingdon, near Oxford, was dismissed with a judge convicting him of treating his victims as ‘commodities’.
Continuing, Major James Eveleigh told Bulford Military Court that the first woman – who has since left the army – was first paid to send private Davies sex photos on Snapchat, before agreeing to send a sex tape of her and her partner for £400.
Private Thomas Davies (pictured) treated his victims as ‘prey’ after offering to pay them up to £400 for intimate photos, a sex tape and a video call in which the women were ‘undressed’ .
He explained: ‘[The first female soldier] consensually shared intimate personal images with a Snapchat user [Pte Davies]for which she was paid £125.
“She then shared a sex tape for £400. When she didn’t receive payment, she challenged this Snapchat user.
‘[Pte Davies] demanded that she return all the money [paid to her] or he would share the images and video on social media and with his aunt.
“She paid £70 by bank transfer. Despite this, her aunt later received an image of her undressing.
The court heard the second victim was approached by Private Davies for footage of her in her underwear, before agreeing to be paid £60 for a video call while wearing a bikini.
However, unbeknownst to her, Pte Davies screen recorded the call and threatened to share the video unless the woman returned her money.
‘Pte Davies asked [the second female soldier] to send pictures of her in her underwear,’ Maj Eveleigh continued.
After admitting two counts of blackmail, Pte Davies (pictured), of 3 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, based in Abingdon, near Oxford, was removed from his post and a judge convicted him of treating his victims as goods”.
“Later she video called him. She was wearing a bikini. He paid her £60.
“He had recorded the video call and said he would share it online unless she paid for it. She paid him £60 later the same day.
‘[Pte Davies] acted on other service personnel as prey.
Kellie Enever, defending Pte Davies, said that although her client’s actions were unacceptable, the photos and videos sent began as “genuine business transactions”.
She said: ‘It is agreed that these two service staff agreed to take pictures of themselves and sell them for a fee.
“The two plaintiffs in this case entered into a genuine commercial transaction.
“It was consensual between all parties. It took a turn when Pte Davies decided he couldn’t afford to pay that money.
“With respect to one of the complainants and the video, this is perhaps the most serious issue of the offences.
“She agreed to send a video of herself giving her boyfriend a blowjob in return for £400. [Pte Davies] refused to pay this money.
“As a (young) person who grew up in a generation of people who seem to spend their whole lives on social media, [Pte Davies] I didn’t think there was anything wrong [with what he did].
“That maybe gives you a glimpse of his spirit and his maturity – or lack thereof.”
Continuing, Major James Eveleigh told Bulford Military Court (pictured) that the first woman – who has since left the army – was first paid to post sex photos of Private Davies on Snapchat, before agreeing to send a sex tape of her and her partner for £400
The court-martial heard that as part of his blackmail, Private Davies sent a video of himself scrolling through the first victim’s Facebook friend list, saying she had two minutes to send the money.
Victim impact statements read in court heard the first victim, who sent the screenshot of her sex tape to her aunt – in which she appeared topless and in her underwear – left her in fear the way her family saw her now.
“I feel less trustworthy of people,” the statement read. “Screenshots of the video were sent to a topless family member of mine.
“I’m afraid they see me differently now.”
In her impact statement, the second victim said she no longer felt comfortable using social media and avoided speaking to people online following the incident.
Deputy Judge Advocate General Darren Reed told Davies that the “nasty” blackmail offenses warranted the disgraced soldier’s dismissal, but stopped jailing him.
“These women seemed like a commodity [to you]’, Judge Reed said.
“You seemed to have treated them with no concern for their integrity or safety.
“You may have taken some time to research their social media profiles before targeting them.
“These were vicious and wicked offenses committed against two deliberately targeted fellow soldiers. You clearly intended to maximize threat and humiliation.
“You have corroded the bonds of trust between service personnel. There is no place in the army for those who blackmail their colleagues.
Private Davies was expelled from the armed forces and sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.