A dead Alford man has been branded the ‘lynchpin’ of an indecent photography scam after two ‘accomplices’ were jailed over modelling sessions involving girls as young as 15.
Peter Briggs, 78, of Portland Street, Lincoln, was jailed for 30 months last week after admitting taking indecent photos of four girls under 18 between 2003 and 2011.
And Peter Marriott, 75, of Moorland Close, Carlton le Moorland, received 12 months imprisonment for inciting a child to become involved in pornography.
But it was deceased Alford man Trevor William Budworth, 77, who was called the ‘lynchpin’ behind the operation when the case appeared at Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing last week.
Budworth, who lived on Commerical Road, had been due to face charges relating to the ‘scam’, but was too ill to make a plea and died before the case reached its conclusion.
Catarina Sjolin, prosecuting, said “Budworth held himself out as a modelling agent. He approached girls saying they looked pretty and could be a model. He used Briggs as a photographer and Marriott was involved.”
Terry Boston, defending, said that Budworth saw himself as a businessman doing his best to promote talented young girls.
Briggs photographed the aspiring models after they were persuaded to pose for naked shots.
The first victim was a 15-year-old who contacted Budworth after finding his number in Yellow Pages.
The girl travelled to Lincoln where she was photographed fully clothed by Briggs for a portfolio. Later, she returned with a 15-year-old friend and the two were offered up to £100 to pose topless.
The friend continued to visit Briggs for three years posing for topless and nude shots. She was later devastated after learning that some of the photographs were published in the “readers’ wives” section of a men’s publication.
A third girl, described as vulnerable, was introduced to Budworth by a 19-year- old friend who suggested she could solve her money problems by posing.
Miss Sjolin said both girls were plied with drink and given underwear before posing for increasingly pornographic photos. The 16-year-old turned down Budworth’s offer of £250 to pose with a sex toy.
Another young girl, approached by Budworth outside a Co-op store, agreed to do some modelling but was then ordered to do naked and pornographic shots.
She went to Marriott’s home where she was asked to pose with an older woman in bondage shots.
Terry Boston, defending, said Briggs was a photographer and didn’t recruit any of the girls himself. Mr Boston said neither man had previous convictions and both had pleaded guilty. “They are tremendously upset about what has happened and sincerely apologise.”
As well as jail, Briggs was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life, while Marriott was put on the register for 10 years.