January 2020

Paedophile hunters caught man who offered ‘girl’ £100 for explicit photos

A care home worker committed a series of sex offences after he contacted two people who posed as a 14-year-old Cardiff Crown Court has been told.

One of them called herself Lily, and the other Chloe, said prosecutor Andrew Davies.

He told one of them he would love to be in bed with her and sent indecent pictures of himself.

On one occasion, he offered one of the ‘girls’ £100 for explicit pictures.

Lee Teasdale, 36, of Pencoed, pleaded guilty to Cardiff Magistrates of attempting to cause a girl to engage in sexual activity and two charges of sexual contact with a child and was committed to the Crown Court for sentence.

Teasdale, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and made subject to a rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, and to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Judge Richard Twomlow said there was no evidence whatsoever that he made any attempt to meet either of the ‘girls’.

Mr Davies said the offences came to light as the result of the efforts of a paedophile hunting group.

One of them posed as a child and on April 11, Teasdale made contact to the person known as Lily and she said: “Oh my God, I am only 14.”

He sent indecent images and made indecent sexual suggestions.

“He repeatedly asked for indecent pictures, despite her repeating she was only 14.”

He wanted pictures of her in her underwear and offered her £100.

He was told it was “naughty” and he replied, “Naughty is nice. I’d love to be in bed with you because you are beautiful.”

His address was discovered by the hunting group and he was confronted and the police arrested him.

Mr Davies said: “As a result of the online publicity, there was contact with ‘Chloe’ and he asked her for pictures in her underwear and sent her indecent pictures of himself.

After being arrested, he was interviewed by the police and said, “no comment” to all questions.

His solicitor, Tim Patrides, said: “He takes full responsibility for what he has done.

“He realises the appalling nature of what he has done but he believed he was talking to real children.

“He accepts he became engaged in chat room sites and the only issue is whether the sentence can be suspended.

“It was wholly inappropriate dialogue and he didn’t intend to meet either person. He blames no one but himself.”

Mr Patrides pointed out that he was in a supportive relationship.

The Judge said that he realised Teasdale was ashamed of his behaviour.