A Thessaloniki criminal court on Wednesday handed down a jail sentence of 13 years and fine of 90,000 euro to a man found guilty of producing child pornography and having sex with his underaged victims.

The 33-year-old farmer apparently posed as photographer working for a modelling agency and promised his victims jobs and high-paying modelling careers. In this way, he persuaded a number of young girls, most of them between the ages of 14 and 16 years old, to pose naked for him and in some cases even to have sex with him.

The man operated in the region of Pella and came into contact with his victims through a social networking site on the Internet, where he had set up a fake profile.

The 33-year-old was arrested last June in Esovalta, Pellas based on the report of two 16-year-old girls. In a shed in the same area that he had converted to a photography studio, police found hundreds of photographs depicting naked girls, including some erotic scenes of the victims with the accused.