July 2018

Christian charity worker groomed youngster online and photographed baby

A Christian charity worker admitted having sex chats with a child online and photographing a baby’s private parts.

Michael Rendell pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity between December 2015 and December 2016.

The 36-year-old, formerly of Wedmore Vale, Bedminster, previously pleaded guilty to taking indecent photos of a child between June 2016 and March last year.

He also admitted making indecent images of children between October 2016 and March last year.

These comprised of images deemed to be in the Category A most serious level of abuse.

Judge Michael Longman handed him a 19 months prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He told Rendell: “A report about you refers to a deviant sexual interest in children.”

Rendell was ordered to undergo up to 60 days of rehabilitation.

He was given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to prevent him from re-offending and was told to register as a sex offender for ten years.

He declined to comment as he left court.

The court heard Rendell had sex chats online with a vulnerable girl aged 14.

The judge stated it was clear Rendell’s intention was to meet her for sex.

Actually no meeting occurred with the child, who lived in Hereford.

Rendell could not tell the judge why he photographed the baby’s private parts.

June 2018

Bedminster man had sex chats with girl under 16 online

A Bedminster man who admitted sex chats with a child online awaits sentence.

Michael Rendell appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (June 8, 2018) and pleaded guilty to causing or enciting a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity between December 2015 and December 2016.

The 36-year-old, of Wedmore Vale , previously pleaded guilty to taking indecent photos of a child between June 2016 and March last year.

He also admitted making indecent images of children between October 2016 and March last year

Judge Martin Picton adjourned sentence, pending a probation report and psychatric assessement.

He told Rendell: “These are serious offences but the court needs to know a lot more about you before final disposal.”

Rendell was bailed on condition he cooperates with the probation service.