March 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.

Recorder David Kelly told Olding: “Essentially, there was no child. It was a police officer who created a profile pretending to be a 12-year-old boy in the London area and you didn’t know that at the time and you believed he was that child.”

The judge sentenced Olding to a two-year community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and an accredited sex-offender programme.

Olding was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

January 2021

A South Yorkshire pervert has admitted attempting to communicate sexually with a child

A pervert is due to be sentenced after he admitted attempting to communicate sexually with a child.

Sheffield Crown Court heard on January 5 how Thomas Olding, aged 33, of Marrian Avenue, Thurcroft, Rotherham, admitted attempting to communicate sexually with a child in August 2018.

Olding also admitted attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act from the same date involving images of people engaging in sexual activity.

The court heard how a probation service report has been requested before Olding is to be sentenced.

Recorder Anthony Hawks told Olding he will be given credit for pleading guilty at the first opportunity and he will be granted a pre-sentence report but he should not make any assumptions about the outcome of the case.