Composer posted doctored photos of women on porn sites met them at uni

BBC Young Composer of The Year who posted doctored photos of women on porn sites met his victims at Cambridge University

  • Alexander Woolf, 26, supervised some female students at a Cambridge college
  • Woolf was  handed a suspended sentence for his ‘severely depraved’ actions 
  • He downloaded images of 15 women and uploaded them onto Reddit threads 

A BBC Young Composer of the Year who posted doctored photographs of women on porn sites met his victims at Cambridge University.  

Alexander Woolf, 26 – who was the 2012 winner of the BBC’s Young Composer of the Year – came to know many of his victims whilst he was a student at the university.

Though he was not employed as a teacher, he supervised some students on an occasional basis at one college, which has not been named.

A university spokesperson said: ‘The university is appalled by the crimes of Alexander Woolf and extends its full sympathy to his victims.

‘A number of the women he targeted came to know Woolf while he was an undergraduate at Cambridge and it is hard to comprehend the sense of shock and betrayal they must be experiencing.

‘The university does not tolerate sexual abuse or harassment and urges anyone affected to report it immediately.

Alexander Woolf (pictured), 26 – who was the 2012 winner of the BBC’s Young Composer of the Year – came to know many of his victims whilst he was a student at the university

‘In the case of Woolf, we were unaware of his crimes until the court case closed on August 18. Woolf was an undergraduate studying Music from 2013 to 2016.

‘We can find no evidence that he was employed in a teaching capacity at any stage by the Faculty of Music.

‘In the days since the court case, it has come to light that he supervised a few students on an occasional basis at one of our colleges.

‘The college strongly supports the university’s stance on harassment and sexual misconduct and is in the process of contacting those students to offer support and to ensure that they have not been affected.’

The college in question has not been identified due to concerns that this could lead to the identification of innocent individuals.

The college has been contacting students associated with him and offering support.

Though he was not employed as a teacher, he supervised some students on an occasional basis at one college, which has not been named

Woolf of Over, South Cambridgeshire, was handed a suspended sentence on August 16 after his actions were described as ‘severely depraved’ by CPS district crown prosecutor, Varinder Hayre.

He downloaded images of 15 women and uploaded them onto Reddit threads with sexually explicit and derogatory comments.

He encouraged users of the online community platform to paste the victims’ faces onto the bodies of porn actresses before posting the doctored pictures on adult sites.

The college in question has not been identified due to concerns that this could lead to the identification of innocent individuals. Pictured: Cambridge University campus

None of the original images were pornographic or indecent, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

One of the victims was anonymously alerted to Woolf’s actions and helped track down and notify the other victims.

Woolf admitted at Thames Magistrates Court on August 15 to charges of sending messages that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature over a public electronic communications network.

He was given a 20-week sentence suspended for two years and ordered to undertake a 40-day rehabilitation programme. 

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