A PAEDOPHILE who threatened to kill young children while playing video games online if they didn't perform sex acts for him has been handed a community penalty.

Chad Culley had already admitted causing a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual communication with a child, and two counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

The 22-year-old of Blenheim Drive, Witney, appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced.

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Culley had preyed on three child victims, one as young as nine.

In each case he communicated with them via the internet through playing video games.

Culley told one child that he was a hacker and that he would 'blow up' his home and threatened him until he performed a sex act for him.

A second victim, a nine-year-old, was asked to show his penis to Culley and a third victim was told he would be 'marked for death' and was sent pornographic images as well as being asked to take off his trousers.

In mitigation his defence team said that Culley had been diagnosed with autism and had made 'nonsensical childish threats.'

Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC ordered a three-year community order for the offences.

That order will include 30 days sexual offending behaviour programme requirement and 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for seven years and pay a victim surcharge.