November 2016

Paedophile spared jail despite grooming girl, 12


A paedophile who groomed two schoolgirls girls on Facebook has walked free from court.

Adam Tomlinson, 18, was caught after a 12-year-old’s mother discovered his sexually explicit messages and contacted police.

Officers seized his computer and found Tomlinson, who was 17 at the time, had downloaded extreme pornography, including bestiality, and indecent images of children.

Tomlinson, of Cobridge, Staffordshire, admitted causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to cause or incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutor Nicholas Tatlow said: ‘This defendant had contacted a 12-year-old girl by Facebook and they had been in conversation.

‘Her mother became aware of a conversation where the defendant had asked her to go to his flat in Hanley.

‘She said she would have to take a friend with her. He said her friend would have to stay in the living room while they went into his bedroom. The defendant was traced. His computer was seized.

‘The police found a further social media conversation with a 14-year-old girl.

‘In the course of the conversation the defendant made a number of sexual references, including him expressing a wish to have sex with her, despite her making it clear she was underage.’

The court heard Tomlinson had met up with the 14-year-old, although nothing had happened during the meeting.

Analysis of his computer revealed images of bestiality – which he told police he had downloaded out of curiosity – which had been deleted.

He also admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image and possessing indecent photos of a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

Judge David Fletcher handed Tomlinson a three-year community order with a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours unpaid work.

He told him: ‘The most worrying aspect of your behaviour is the approaches you made to the younger two girls.

‘Some of the things you were saying to the 14-year-old were quite frankly repulsive and appalling. You should be very ashamed of that behaviour.’

There were indecent images of children which were Category C – the least serious grade – which were still accessible.

Mr Tatlow said Tomlinson had faced further charges after he had consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Cliff, defending, said: ‘The offences (involving his computer) are disturbing. The offending did not result in the sexual abuse of these victims.

‘The offending shows his age, lack of maturity and the way young people use social media. At the time of this offending he was a child himself.’

Tomlinson was also handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning him from living with anyone under 16, or bringing an under-16 to his address.

He must make also his computer and his browsing history available to the police on request, and will be subject to registration requirements for five years.