A predatory child abuser who took advantage of an anonymous video chat service has been jailed for online sex offences against three girls.

Adam Shine masturbated on camera and encouraged two 11-year-old girls, and one eight-year-old child, to expose or touch themselves sexually after contacting them through live video chat website Omegle in April 2023.

The Metropolitan Police say they managed to locate one 11-year old child in the UK. They have passed information to the US authorities about the other two children, who are believed to be in America.

Despite extensive efforts, officers were unable to identify the other victims due to limited information available on the Omegle website.

The site, which set up random online chats with strangers, shut down in November following claims of abuse.

Shine was arrested by Met officers at his home in Digby Road, Hackney, on February 6 after the force was notified by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The 25-year-old, who worked at an adult store in central London, pleaded guilty on March 3 at the Old Bailey to engaging in sexual communications with the three children as well as causing them to engage in sexual activity.

He also pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity in the online presence of the children. He did not meet any of the victims in person.

He was sentenced on June 14 at the same court to four years in prison.

PC Lindsey Luscombe, of the Met’s Online Child Sex Abuse Investigation Team, policing Hackney and Tower Hamlets, described how officers used clues in the videos - which Shine had recorded and kept - to locate one child in the UK.

She said: “In addition to his custodial sentence, Shine also received an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

"Along with the requirement for him to sign the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely, this will help to protect other children after he has served his prison sentence.”

Anyone with information about similar offending, whether it happened recently or not, should report it to police by calling 101 or online, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.