March 2021

Convicted sex offender flouted court order – and hid criminal past with false name

A convicted sex offender flouted a court order by spending time with a young Cumbrian woman and her nine-year-old sister, giving them a false name to hide his criminal past.

Jarod Tasdelen, 23, committed the offence after moving from Wiltshire to north Cumbria and landing a job at a livery stables, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Brendan Burke, prosecuting, outlined how in 2016 the defendant had been jailed for a raft of child sex offences against girls aged 12 and 14, including engaging in sexual activity with a child.

After he moved to Cumbria, police visited him to confirm the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order – which included him having NO contact with any child unless their guardian knew of his previous offences.

Mr Burke said Tasdelen, from Westbury, Wiltshire, began exchanging “flirtatious” messages with a woman whose nine-year-old sister came with her to the stables. He became “attentive” when she and her sister came to the stables, said Mr Burke.

“He was doing more than was necessary to assist, including offering her [the older sister] a job,” said Mr Burke.

He hid his real identity from the woman, giving a false name.

“He offered to give her nine-year-old sister riding lessons for free,” said Mr Burke, though he generally just led the horse and on one occasion he helped put on her body protector.

Tasdelen told the young woman he had slept with a 14-year-old but claimed he was “set up,” said Mr Burke. Later, he told the woman that he had been ‘kicked out’ of the property he had shared with a partner and suggested he and the young woman should elope to Scotland and start a farm.

At this stage the woman’s mother made enquiries, and found that the defendant had been using a false name.

He claimed that he had assumed the young woman’s older sister had told their mother about his past.

Tasdelen told police he had no sexual interest in the young girl. Paul Tweddle, defending, said he helped her with her riding because he feared she was at risk of falling.

The defendant pleaded guilty to flouting his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.Recorder Ciaran Rankin said that what happened had been a “deliberate breach” of the defendant’s Sexual Harm Prevention Order. There was an element of “targeting” involved, said the judge.

He imposed a year’s jail but suspended the sentence for two years, with 30 days rehabilitation activity, 120 hours of unpaid work, and a three month 9pm to 6am curfew.

When he appeared in court for his earlier offending, Tasdelen was 19. He had been charged with 16 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and four counts of causing a child to engage in a sex act, Swindon Crown Court heard.

The victims were said to be three girls, aged 12,14 and 14.