A Teesside student threatened to rape a 12-year-old girl if she didn't send him indecent images of herself.
Declan Bailey demanded to be sent the sick photographs after targeting the girl on Snapchat, TeesideLive reports.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the 24-year-old then distributed her pictures to others.
The court heard how Bailey committed the offence weeks after being arrested for targeting a 13-year-old girl.
Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said that he added the first victim on Snapchat and demanded that she sent him pictures of herself or he would "find her".
He said that she sent him two naked pictures and nothing was said by Bailey, with the account appearing to have been deactivated.
The court heard how Bailey, who studies computing at Teesside University, created a new account and targeted her a second time.
Mr Bennett said he had an application on his phone in which he stored images, videos and a screenshot of her account.
He said he told her that he had her old pictures and demanded to be sent more.
The court heard how she reported the matter to the police and, following an investigation, Bailey was tracked down and arrested.
Two weeks after his arrest, Bailey created another online account and targeted the 12-year-old girl.
Mr Bennett said that he contacted her and demanded that she sent him pictures.
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He said: "He threatened to rape her and attack her family and friends."
Mr Bennett told the court how the girl sent him indecent pictures and he began to say he loved her.
He said Bailey referred to himself as daddy, saying things like "show daddy his baby girl".
The court heard how he later ordered her to hand over her online passwords to him.
He locked her out of the Snapchat application and she found out that the pictures were being circulated.
She contacted police and Bailey was arrested, following an investigation.
The court in Middlesbrough heard how he was also found in possession of indecent images of children.
He had 77 category A images – the most serious – and three category B videos. There were also 50 images and 23 category C videos.
Bailey pleaded guilty to two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and distributing indecent images of children.
He also admitted three offences of making indecent photographs of a child – category A, B and C.
Nigel Soppitt, defending, told the court that it was a "tragic" case for all of those involved in the matter.
He said: "Declan Bailey is a relatively young man, he was 17 when he started this pathway. I'm sure your honour will take that into account."
Mr Soppitt also told the court that he was on the autistic spectrum and was not thriving on his university course as he "had no communication skills".
Recorder Hawks sentenced Bailey to three years behind bars and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life after saying he had "no doubt" the offences had serious effects on the victims.
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