Two female British Army soldiers who explicitly sold sexual photos and videos of themselves to a male colleague were blackmailed after he threatened to reveal them online if he doesn’t get a refund, a court martial has heard.
Private Thomas Davies treated his victims as ‘prey’ after he offered to pay them up to £400 for intimate photos, a sex tape and a video call in which the women were ‘undressed’.
The ‘mean and mean’ 22-year-old demanded his money back and sent one of the victim’s aunts a screenshot of a topless video she had shot giving her boyfriend oral sex.
He later threatened to share the photos of both women on social media if the money was not returned to him.
After admitting to two blackmail charges, Pte Davies, of the 3rd Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, based in Abingdon, near Oxford, has been expelled from the armed forces with a judge convicting him for treating his victims like ‘goods’.
Prosecutor Major James Eveleigh told Bulford Military Court that the first woman — who has since left the military — was first paid to send Pte Davies sexual photos on Snapchat, before agreeing to send a sex tape of her and her partner for £400.
Soldier Thomas Davies (pictured) treated his victims like ‘prey’ after he offered 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 intimate personal images shared with a Snapchat user [Pte Davies]for which she was paid £125.
“Later she shared a sex tape for £400. When she didn’t receive payment, she challenged that 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 her aunt.
‘She paid £70 by bank transfer. Despite this, her aunt later got a picture of her in a state of undress.’
The court heard the second victim was approached by Pte Davies for photos of her in her underwear, before agreeing to pay £60 for a video call while wearing a bikini.
However, unbeknownst to her, Pte Davies’ screen taped the conversation and threatened to share the video unless the woman refunded him his money.
‘asked Pte Davies’ [the second female soldier] to send pictures of her in her underwear,” Major Eveleigh continued.
After admitting to two blackmail cases, Pte Davies, of the 3rd Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, based at Abingdon, near Oxford, has been discharged from the armed forces with a judge convicting him for treating his victims as ‘ goods’.
“She called him later via video. She was wearing a bikini. He paid her 60 pounds.
“He recorded the video call and said he would share it online unless she paid him. She paid him £60 the same day.
‘[Pte Davies] acted as prey on other service personnel.’
Kellie Enever, who defended Pte Davies, said that while her client’s actions were unacceptable, the photos and videos sent started out as “genuine business transactions.”
She said: “It is certain that both service workers had agreed to take pictures of themselves and sell them for a fee.
“The two complainants in this case have entered into a genuine business transaction.
‘This was in consultation between all parties. Things took a turn for the worse when Pte Davies decided he couldn’t afford this money.
“In terms of one of the complainants and the video, that is arguably the most serious of the offences.
She agreed to send a video of her giving her boyfriend oral sex in exchange for £400. [Pte Davies] refused to pay that money.
“As a (younger) who grew up in a generation of people who seem to spend their entire lives on social media, [Pte Davies] didn’t think there was anything wrong [with what he did].
“That might give you insight into his mind and his maturity—or lack thereof.”
Prosecutor Major James Eveleigh told Bulford Military Court that the first woman — who has since left the military — was first paid to send Pte Davies sexual photos on Snapchat, before agreeing to a sex tape of her and her partner to send for £400.
The court-martial learned that as part of his blackmail, Pte Davies sent a video of himself scrolling through the first victim’s Facebook friends list and saying she had two minutes to send the money.
Victim statements read to the court heard the first victim, who had sent the screenshot of her sex tape to her aunt – in which she appeared topless and in her underwear – had made her afraid of how her family saw her now.
“I feel less trustworthy of people,” the statement read. “Screenshots of the video were sent topless to a relative of mine.
“I’m afraid they’ll see me differently now.”
In her impact statement, the second victim said she no longer felt comfortable using social media and avoids talking to people online as a result of the incident.
Assistant Judge Attorney General Darren Reed told Davies that the “nasty” blackmail crimes justified the disgraced soldier’s discharge but stopped him incarcerated.
‘These women seemed commodities’ [to you]Judge Reed said.
“You seemed to have treated them without any concern for their integrity or safety.
“Maybe you took a moment to search their social media profiles before targeting them.
“They were vicious and vicious offenses against two fellow soldiers who were deliberately targeted. Your intention was clearly to maximize the threat and humiliation.”
“You have damaged the relationship of trust between the service personnel. There is no place in the military for those who blackmail their colleagues.’
Pte Davies was expelled from the armed forces and given an eight-month suspended sentence of two years