January 2019

Bridgwater paedophile who tried to meet up with underage girl spared jail

A PAEDOPHILE who admitted he tried to meet up with a girl under the age of 16 has been spared jail.

Nicholas Slocombe’s crimes were discovered after police conducted an undercover operation in 2018 and pretended to be a 13-year-old girl in an online chat room.

Slocombe, 58, of Square Road, Bridgwater, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Friday (January 25) after admitting he attempted to engage in sexual conversations with a girl under the age of 16, as well as possessing extreme pornographic images including bestiality and videos and photographs of children.

Prosecuting Alistair Haggerty said Slocombe sent ‘sexual’ messages to what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in March last year and asked the girl to send him an image of herself.

The court heard Slocombe later tried to set up a meeting with the girl and said he knew ‘what he would like to do to her. ‘

Mr Haggerty said when Slocombe was arrested in July last year he tried to conceal a Motorola mobile phone from police which contained the chat history as well as ten indecent images and movies of children and extreme pornographic images.

When he was interviewed after his arrest Slocombe said ‘curiosity got the better of him’ and he was ‘disgusted’ at himself and felt ‘ashamed’ of his actions.

Mr Haggerty said: “He knew what he was doing was wrong and he was ashamed of what he had done.

“He said lots of people had sent him pictures, but he had never deleted them.”

When sentencing Slocombe, Judge David Ticehurst said: “It is people like you that cause such young children to be abused.

“If it wasn’t for perverted individuals like you who get pleasure looking at young girls being sexually abused then there would not be a need for this filth.

“Mr Mason said you should be ashamed of yourself, you should be.

“Any decent human being will think you doing something like that is disgusting.”

Judge Ticehurst sentenced Slocombe to nine months in jail suspended for two years.

He also ordered Slocombe to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity, 120 hours of unpaid work, pay £300 in costs and pay a £115 victim surcharge.

He made a forfeiture and destruction order in relation to the Motorola device.

January 2019

Bridgwater paedophile admits attempted underage sex offence and possessing extreme indecent images

A 58-year-old Bridgwater man has admitted trying to coerce a person under the age of 16 to have sex with him, as well as possessing grotesque indecent images.

Nicholas Slocombe, of Square Road, Bridgwater, pleaded guilty to five counts at Taunton Magistrates Court on Friday, January 3.

Slocombe admitted attempting to coerce an underage person for the purpose of sexual gratification, as well as possessing extreme pornographic images including bestiality, as well as videos and photographs of children.

The 58-year-old was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on January 25.