Chennai: The City Police arrested a 21-year-old B.E. student on Tuesday.
He had been playing Casanova and sharing videos and photographs of physical intimacy with women to his friends and eventually uploaded in online video sharing platforms because his friends’ attempts to sexually exploit the girls did not materialise.
The arrested, identified as V. Samuel (21), resident of Sivasamy Salai, Mylapore who is a final year engineering student at a private university in Maduravoyal, is suspected to have cheated at least 18 girls including married women.
The married women who fell in his trap were clients of a beauty parlour which Samuel's mother runs on Nelson Manickam Road. Egmore All Women Police sleuths lured Samuel by getting one of his victims to set him up by asking for a meeting at a Mylapore temple where he was taken into custody.
During preliminary investigation, Samuel admitted to having cheated the girls and taken them to bed besides filming them without their knowledge. "He had also taken selfies with the girls with whom he had physical relationship. He had at least 8 hidden-porn videos on his mobile featuring him with different girls. He had circulated the videos and images with his friends in a Whatsapp group which began to go viral in social networking sites.
Meanwhile, his friends also attempted to make sexual advances on the victims using the videos as blackmail, said a police officer privy to the investigation.
Explaining his modus operandi, the official said, "He would befriend girls over Facebook and put his silver tongue to work making them believe he was madly love with them. If the girls rejected his proposal, he would send them a cooked up image of a bleeding wrist claiming he had attempted to commit suicide by slashing his wrist.
Once the relationship is established, he would pull off the scene from Vazhakku Enn 18/9 in which the unsuspecting girl believes that her boyfriend was concerned about her getting wet in the beach and that was the reason he had booked a room for her to change her dress"....