May 2021

Helston paedophile jailed for ‘stealing girl’s childhood’

A man who groomed a girl and engaged in sexual activity with her has been jailed.

Thomas Cosslette, 22, first made contact with the victim through one of her friends, who he had met on holiday in 2016.

Cosslette and the victim began messaging each other in 2016, when he was 18.

Cosslette visited the victim when she was staying in Peterborough and during this visit first engaged in sexual activity with her.

Following this he began asking her to send explicit photos of herself.

On another visit, Cosslette texted the victim just before he set off and told her if she didn’t have sex with him when he got there he would leave and she would never see him again.

Cosslette, of Gwarth an Drae, Helston, pleaded guilty to six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court. He was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).