Pervert caught with vile images of children on laptop
Pervert Stephen Tideswell downloaded indecent images of children being sexually abused.
The 54-year-old was convicted of similar offences in 2016 and was handed a suspended sentence and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
But police examined his devices at the end of 2019 and found five indecent images at category A and two at category B.
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Now Tideswell has been handed a two year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said an officer from the sex offender management unit made an unannounced visit to the defendant’s Norton home on November 18, 2018.
Mr Dickinson said: “He handed over his computer. The officer noticed searches for 11-year-old and 15-year-old girls and seized the computer.
“A further unannounced visit was made on December 1, 2019. The police checked his mobile and recovered further concerning search terms.
“His devices were examined at the end of 2019 and it showed he had five category A indecent images of children and two category B images on a laptop.”
In his police interview the defendant admitted he bought a laptop six months after his previous conviction for his own use. He claimed not to remember downloading some images but did accept responsibility for downloading some of them.
Tideswell, of Anderson Place, Norton, pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children.
Thomas Sherrington, mitigating, conceded it was a concern that it is not the first time the defendant has appeared before a court for these offences.
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As part of the community order Tideswell must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 60 days and an accredited sex offender programme.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register and was barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “They are serious offences. When you have previous convictions for similar offences it is an act of gross stupidity.
“It was quite plain when the police examined your computer that you had been searching for unlawful material and a small number of images were found.
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“Had you been dealt with nearer the time I would probably send you to prison. But it has been established you were not in breach of the suspended sentence. The two-and-a-half year delay is utterly ridiculous. You have made constructive use of that period. Alcohol, which was a problem for you at this time, is no longer an issue. There have been no further concerns about your behaviour in the intervening period.
“You have a good full-time job, you are in a relationship and you play a valuable role in the care of your elderly mother.
“If this crosses the custody threshold, I suspect it technically does, the sentence would be a short one. I do not see any sensible purpose in that. I think there is more to be gained to ensure you do not come this way again.”
Tideswell was ordered to pay £340 costs.
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