Paedophile jailed for online offences against children
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Paedophile Alex Tindal has been jailed for 11 years for a catalogue of offences against victims as young as 10 years old.
Tindal, 31, was identified by our Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and pleaded guilty to a total of fifty-three offences. Tindal, who mostly used Snapchat to commit his offences, was found guilty of possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.
He caused children, as young as 10 years old to engage in sexual activity. He would then also blackmail them, threatening to disclose the videos and photos publicly. Tindal managed to manipulate his young victims into sending sexual images and videos of themselves. He quickly managed to gain their trust before threatening to send the images to their friends and family if they did not continue to submit to his sexual demands.
The Bridgend man had over thirty victims across the UK as well as abroad in Germany, USA and Ireland. Tindal was arrested by South Wales Police in September 2022 and was remanded into custody. Tindal came to Police attention following referral received from a child in Northern Ireland.
The victim reported receiving threats from Tindal after refusing to send him sexual imagery. Simultaneously, South Wales Police received a report from the National Crime Agency, identifying that child sexual abuse material had been uploaded to the internet at Tindal’s former Swansea home. South Wales Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) quickly established the whereabouts of the suspect and took action.
Tindal was arrested at his home which was then searched. Several devices including mobile phones, computers and hard drives were seized and examined, and the scale of his offending became apparent.
Officer in case, Detective Constable Martin Charles commented,“This is one of the largest cases our team has worked on, and the strength of evidence gathered gave Tindal no other option but to plead guilty. I am thankful for the other police forces across the UK and abroad who supported the investigation as well as our Digital Forensic Unit in identifying victims ensuring we can safeguard them from further harm. Most of all, I am grateful for the bravery shown by Tindal’s victims across the UK for talking to the Police and helping to put him where he belongs beyond harm’s way.
“Alex Tindal’s crimes are of the most sinister and predatory offences seen as most of the victims’ families were completely unaware of the abuse being perpetrated. The online world is an integral part of a child’s life but is often hidden from close family and those who would intervene to help a child if they fell victim to this particular type of crime.”
Support is available from South Wales Police and other agencies here:
Resources and Support
Children can talk to a ChildLine counsellor 24 hours a day about anything that is worrying them by ringing 0800 1111 or in an online chat at -http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Chat/Pages/OnlineChat.aspx
If parents or carers are concerned that their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery they should report to NCA-CEOP at -www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation have partnered to help children get sexual or naked images removed from the internet. More information is available at -http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/pages/sexting.aspx
If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5000, by emailing [email protected], or by texting 88858. They can also ring the Online Safety Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5002.
Stop it Now! – Child Protection Project within Lucy Faithfull Foundation support for anyone worried about their own sexual behaviour Tel: 0808 1000 900 Email: [email protected]
IWF - Internet Watch Foundation UK charity minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content specifically child sexual abuse imagery. Tel: 01223 203030 Web: http://www.iwf.org.uk