April 2021

Paedophile not jailed despite filthy chats with ‘girl’

A paedophile has avoided jail despite telling who he thought was a 14-year-old girl about his penis and suggesting that they have sex.

Justin Tidball, 50, was actually talking to a member of the paedophile hunting group SKO (Safeguarding Kids Online).

Tidball, from Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child.

Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife, told the court how in October 2019 SKO was operating a decoy that began speaking to Tidball on an app.

The decoy told Tidball she was a 14-year-old girl, 15 in a weeks’ time and the conversation then moved to Facebook.

During the conversations over the course of two days, Tidball unleashed a tirade of filth, asking the girl if she’s touched a penis before, adding that she’d love his.

He also encouraged her to masturbate and say they should have sex among other things

Tidball, who has no previous convictions, was arrested at his place of work and remained mute during interview.

Sentencing Tidball, Judge Robert Linford said: “In 2019 you engaged in entirely inappropriate conversation with someone you believed to be 14.”

Judge Linford said that he read a variety of reports that suggested a community order and mental health treatment requirement was the best way of dealing with Tidball.

Tidball was given a two years community order and must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement and mental health treatment programme.