Paedophile sent porn to fake profile of boy (12)

Paedophile sent porn to fake profile of boy (12)

By David Parker | 04/03/2021

Paedophile sent porn to fake profile of boy (12)

 

A PAEDOPHILE who sent porn to an undercover police officer who was posing as a 12-year-old boy online has been put on the sex offenders’ register.

Thomas Olding (33) sent eight videos to a profile he believed to belong to a boy from London, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Mr Ian Goldsack, prosecuting, said Olding had sent sexual messages to the fake boy’s profile in August 2018 and had sent him eight pornographic videos.

“Police had created a profile purporting to be a 12-year-old male child based in the London area on a social media platform known as Chatstep,” said Mr Goldsack.

“The defendant, using the false username of Tim Smith, suggested he was in his 20s and made contact with that child’s profile.

“Although the defendant indicated the boy was a little too young for him, he nonetheless proceeded to communicate with him and moved the contact onto a private, secure messaging service.”

He used the messaging service to send the pornographic material, Mr Goldsack said.

The images included heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual pornography.

“The defendant told the profile he was bisexual, asked whether the boy was sexually aroused and asked him which he liked,” said Mr Goldsack.

Olding asked the boy whether he was aroused and asked him to share images he liked with him.

Police officers raided Olding’s home on November 20, 2018, and he was arrested at work.

Olding gave no comment when he was interviewed by police and refused to give them any of the passcodes to the devices they seized from him.

Olding, of Thurcroft, pleaded guilty to attempting to send sexual communications to a child and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act at a previous hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Mitigating, Mr Carl Fritchley said: “He’s had two-and-a-half years of this hanging over him and facing the prospect of a custodial sentence in that time.

“His wife has stood by him and taken steps to mitigate any risk of anything like this happening in the future and therefore there has been no further offending.”

Mr Fritchley said Olding had put software on his devices which monitored his activity to prevent him from re-offending.

He said Olding had been lonely and working long hours at the time of the offending and was “thoroughly ashamed”.

Sentencing, Recorder David Kelly gave Olding a two-year community order which included up to 40 days of rehabilitation activity requirement and a sex offender’s treatment programme.

Olding was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years and was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order.


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