Over the last ten years Richard Eldridge 37, has used a false pseudo name and false identity under the name of 'Richiee Carter' to lure young men of 15-23 years into sexual relations. He created a fantasy luxury lifestyle on Facebook and pursued sexual relationships via his alter ego profiles. Eldridge span a web of lies which extended far beyond any realms of normality.
Richard posed under a multitude of names and different ages ranging from 26-30 years old. Eldridge posed as a young property tycoon and business account manager for Johnson & Johnson. Eldridge also claimed to have a degree in criminal law from Oxford University and still claims to do so.
However Richard Eldridge's fake persona is only the beginning, his actions against others take a very sinister route. Eldridge created several false identities on Facebook profiles to message teenage men to meet for sexual relations. He used a multitude of identities posing as young attractive muscled men. The false identities were also used to receive money from unsuspecting victims. He used a false name of 'Jamie Berrett' which allowed Eldridge to advertise non existent goods he was selling via Facebook. He advertised that he was selling protein powder, clothes and holidays online. Victims often paid Eldridge large sums of money for items or holidays that did not exist. After speaking to several national police forces across the country it became apparent that Eldridge was known for a multitude of deceptions spanning over many years and had previous criminal convictions for deception. He conned one of his victims from Manchester out of £4,000.
He allegedly met teenage men in hotel rooms across the country, on arrival the room would be paid for so that Richard Eldridge would not be exposed using his false name at check in. When young teenage men refused his sexual advances he would become abusive and aggressive. In the coming days after the meeting he proceeded to harass them from a multitude of other Facebook profiles under false identities.
Over the years of expanding new media technologies Richard Eldridge became more accustomed and astute in his actions in deceiving, he utilised social media to prey on naive teenagers. He created a Facebook profile and instagram page under the name of Danny Carter, posing as a younger gay brother. He would proceed to message the men he had met in hotel rooms and question them on their feelings of himself. Often he would harras his victims in the early hours of the morning. We spoke to two men who cannot be named due to impending police investigations. Victim 1 told us, as soon as they started chatting to, 'Richiee Carter' they would be impounded with phone calls and harassed in the early hours of the morning by various Facebook profiles posing as friends of Richiee or family members. Victim 2 stressed he constantly harassed his victims to send him explicit sexual images of themselves. More recently he would send unwanted explicit pictures via the app Snap chat. When they would refuse to send pictures in return he would spread lies about them across the gay community saying they had used him for money. Money and a lifestyle Eldridge did not have. He used manipulative techniques to control his victims and mentally abused them using social media blackmail. Eldridge used a name of, 'Richard Wickham' whilst meeting one of his victims.
The story does not end here, his web of lies span so far out of control that he created a false job for himself working for the world renowned company Johnson and Johnson as an Operations Manager. His victims who often came to their wits end in dealing with the copious lies and abuse contacted Johnson and Johnson who advised them that there was no one under the name of Richiee Carter or Richard Eldridge working for them. He used Johnson and Johnson to offer some credibility to his fanciful sham lifestyle. When young gay men asked to be repaid for the surplus of non existent items that did not materialise and that they had paid for via his 'Jamie Berrett' profile such as clothes and holidays, he would mock-up a multitude of excuses such as, he had lent his mother large sums of money or just purchased a new property, so was unable to pay the money back to his victims.
When people started to question his business trips and non existent lifestyle he would become abusive and aggressive. He would often reduce his victims to tears and manipulate them with messages from his fake profiles online. Furthermore he would offer non existent holidays and the promise of pa jobs to his victims.
Twitter; Eldridge even sent explicit pictures on his Twitter timelines to unsuspecting teenagers, he joined a network of older men tweeting young teenage men for his sexual gratification. He has now removed his Twitter feed.
Eldridge created an elaborate lifestyle sat behind a computer and phone screen to lure in unsuspecting victims, more recently he advertised on his Facebook that he had won tickets to the world cup final, an all paid for 5 star hotel stay at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio De Janeiro, flying business Class with BA. He used this fictitious ploy and blatant lie to manipulate young men into meeting him with the offer of a free holiday. He told his victims that in order for them to come away with him they must spend time with him leading up to the world cup trip, this included staying in a hotel room with him, where he ultimately made sexual advances toward the victim. Eldridge's victims booked time off work to fly to Brazil, he then became exceedingly aggressive leading up to the due flying date and cancelled last minute. He became so relaxed in his own deception that he coerced his victims into being introduced to their parents in order to have trust with his victims.
Eldridge used elaborate lies and deception for his own sexual and financial benefits. He became a sexual predator and showed no remorse in doing so. He had hundreds of explicit images on his phone which he had obtained by posing as attractive younger men. He would often glorify the fact of having so many images and brag about this to his victims.
Jason Park of Lgbt charity Leeds stated that it can be difficult for young teenage men to come accustomed to being gay and being happy with who they are. Eldridge has used his fake lifestyle and manipulative actions to prey on naive young men who are finding their own way in life. It is difficult enough for some men to feel comfortable with exploring their sexuality without having to deal with a man of this sort. Moreover Eldridge did not only entice men with a false identity he obtained money from them by deception and abused their trust.
There are currently several national investigations involving different local police forces into Eldridge's behaviour. If you would like to report anything regarding Eldridges actions please contact PC 6061 Hollie Cromarty of Aylesbury Force CID, Tel 01296396260
You can also contact actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-report