Man trades in smartphone, forgets to delete disturbing evidence of child porn and solicitation

A British judge last week sentenced a man to three years behind bars and 10 years on the sex offenders’ registry after he was found breaking a bail arrangement by seeking out images of child pornography, as reported by Gazette Live.

Stewart Tivendale, 22, made sexual advances to children online, using a variety of social media platforms, and collected nearly 1,200 explicit photos, along with hours of video, of children engaging in sexual conduct.

It all started in 2016, when Tivendale traded in his phone at a shop in the town of Redcar, doing so without deleting all of the incriminating evidence, with authorities indicating that the images showed children as young as 9 being sexually assaulted.

It wasn’t long before authorities became involved and searched the suspect’s home, finding chat logs with children as well as many more photos and videos, which were acquired on the dark web, according to court testimony.

“I’d love to be in bed with you,” he said in one chat log, before describing putting his hands around the girl’s throat.

Tivendale pleaded guilty last year to five counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, two of attempting to incite child sexual exploitation, six of making and one of distributing indecent images of children, possessing 29 extreme pornographic images, and arranging or facilitating a child sex offense. Weeks after the plea, however, he was caught engaging in similar behavior, breaking the arrangement of his bail, leading to a court hearing last month.

The 22-year-old admitted to repeat behavior going back into his teens, telling the court that he had been “cast into the adult world with no support or assistance.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton addressed the guilty party during a sentencing hearing last week and called his actions “dreadful.”

“There is a more troubling aspect to your personality and character, namely your obsession with sex,” he said. “Particularly your obsession with sex with young children, whether it be boys or girls.”

Tivendale told the court that he had never intended to meet any of the children he spoke to online.

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