June 2021

Twisted predator gave kids £5 to talk to him on Snapchat

A sex predator gave two children £5 to lure them into vile sex chat over Snapchat, a court heard.

Twisted Stephen Hindley, aged 31, threw the money to the brother and sister out of his car window with a note promising more if they got in touch over social media

But the school children told their mother and it was an undercover police officer who made contact, a court heard.

The officer posed as a 13-year-old girl and Hindley asked for explicit pictures. He also sent a video of himself performing an indecent act

Hindley finally arranged to meet the 13-year-old for sex but found police waiting for him.

Officers found hundreds of vile images of children on his computer – including babies being sexually abused, tortured and burnt.

Hindley has been jailed previously for exposing himself to schoolgirls in Plymouth.

A judge has now locked him up for five years and four months after he admitted nine new offences.

Judge William Mousley passed an extended sentence, which means he can only be released two-thirds of the way through his term rather than at the usual half-way mark.

Hindley will only be freed during his sentence if the parole board deem it safe and will be under licence for four years after his release.

The judge said: “I am quite satisfied that you are a dangerous offender, based on your previous convictions and the fact that you have had previous sex offender treatment but still gone on to reoffend.”

Hindley, from Plymouth but lately of Trelowarren Street, Camborne, pleaded guilty to breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order by having unsupervised contact with children under 16 on April 6 this year.

He also admitted attempting to inciting a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity between April 12 and April 17.

Hindley pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child to look at an image of himself engaging in sexual activity on April 14.

He also admitted arranging or facilitating a child sexual offence between April 14 and April 17.

Hindley pleaded guilty to five offences of making indecent images of children between January and his arrest in May.

Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the siblings aged 10 and 12 were walking down a street in Plymouth on Aprl 6 when Hindley drove up in a car.

She added that he threw a £5 note towards them with a sticky note attached saying they should get in touch over Snapchat if they wanted more money. It included his user name.

Miss Daulton said the children told their mother who sent a message to the address.

The court heard that Hindley, believing he was talking to one of the children, said he did not care how old they were.

The barrister added that the mother called the police and an undercover officer got in touch with the defendant, posing as a 13-year-old girl called Freya.

Miss Daulton said that he encouraged the “girl” to send him indecent pictures, with his requests becoming more and more explicit.

He also sent her a 14-second clip of himself engaging in an indecent act, the court heard.

Miss Daulton said he arranged to meet the “girl” in Plymouth with the intention of sexual activity, but found the police waiting instead.

She added that officers found just over 500 indecent images of children on his computer, including 221 movies in the most severe category showing very young children being abused or tortured.

Hindley was handed a 26-month prison sentence at the same court in 2014 for exposing himself to four girls around Crownhill.

He lured the youngsters to his car while performing an indecent act by asking for directions or using another pretext.

The judge heard again in 2017 that Hindley had stalked a schoolgirl and exposed himself in Estover. He followed the teenager in a van and lured her into watching him perform an indecent act.

The girl was left afraid to walk the streets or be in her home alone.

Judge Mousley ordered Hundley to sign the Sex Offender Register for Life. He was also handed a new and indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order to control his behaviour and prevent contact with children.

November 2017

Serial Plymouth pervert stalked schoolgirl in van and performing indecent act in front of her

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A serial pervert tracked a schoolgirl in a van and performed an indecent act in front of her – three years after he was jailed for similar offences.

Twisted Stephen Hindley, aged 27, propositioned the teenager and made an indecent gesture suggesting sex, a court heard.

Plymouth magistrates heard he slowly followed the lone girl in a van, changing direction as she tried to walk away.

The bench sent him to a judge to be sentenced – where he faces another jail term.

Hindley was handed a 26-month prison sentence at Plymouth Crown Court in 2014 for exposing himself to four girls around Crownhill.

He lured the youngsters to his car while performing an indecent act by asking for directions or using another pretext.

Hindley, of Little Dock Lane in Honicknowle, pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to the girl in Estover on July 13.

He also admitted that the incident put him in breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed with his earlier prison sentence.

Hindley is barred from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

He finally pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

Claire Tresidder, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the teenager was walking through Estover that summer’s evening.

She added that a white van pulled up alongside the girl and started to follow her slowly as she changed direction into different streets.

Miss Tresidder said that she noticed the driver was performing an indecent act in the van.

She added he shouted at the girl to perform a sex act upon him and also made a vile gesture towards her with his fingers and tongue.

Miss Tresidder said the girl told him “no” and contacted her sister.

The court heard that a description of the van, which bore orange lettering, was taken and police managed to track it down to the defendant’s father.

Miss Tresidder said that Hindley accepted his guilt in his second police interview.

Magistrates bailed the defendant to appear at Plymouth Crown Court for sentence on November 9.

A judge may yet order a probation report before he is punished.

November 2014

Plymouth man jailed for exposing himself to schoolgirls

A MAN who indecently exposed himself to schoolgirls after luring them to his car has been jailed for more than two years – and banned from driving.

Stephen Hindley, aged 25, would use an excuse such as asking for directions before performing an indecent act in front of the teenagers.

The girls were left “shaken” and upset, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Judge Paul Darlow jailed Hindley for 26 months for a string of offences and banned him from driving for two years.

A Crown Court judge is allowed to disqualify a defendant if he uses his car to commit an offence.

Judge Darlow said: “You targeted young girls in the early morning and on the way back from school. You would entice them to your car and ask them to join in what you were obviously doing.”

Hindley, of Little Dock Lane, Honicknowle, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent exposure in and around Crownhill in April and May.

He also admitted seven counts of making or downloading indecent images of children.

Police found 30 pictures of Category A, the most serious; 101 of Category B and 191 of Category C.

Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said on each occasion he would drive close to the girls and then use an excuse to summon them over – such as asking for directions.

But they would then see him performing an indecent act in the driver’s seat.

Mr Verheijen said: “The four victims immediately reported what had happened to the police. They were shaken, freaked out and disgusted.”

He added they later picked out Hindley from a video identification parade.

Rupert Taylor, for Hindley, said he had pleaded guilty as soon as he could in court.

He added: “This young man poses a risk and needs to be treated and he is willing for that to happen.”

Urging a suspended prison sentence, he said a prison sentence would not be long enough for him to get the treatment he needed behind bars.

He did not oppose the driving ban, saying the defendant did not need a car to find work.

Hindley will spend 13 months in prison, but will have to serve the full two-year driving ban