January 2020

Sex offender started downloading child abuse 24 hours after prison release

A pervert who downloaded child sexual abuse and rape videos and pictures within 24 hours of being released from prison is back behind bars.

Stewart Tivendale was caught with hundreds of downloads on his mobile phone when police called at his Middlesbrough home.

The 24-year-old was jailed for three years in 2018 after he admitted collecting and sharing pictures and videos of abuse and incited boys and girls online to send photographs and carry out disgusting acts.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he amassed more than 600 pictures and videos – 161 of the highest category of abuse – in little over two weeks following his release on licence.

Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, outlined the contents of some of the horrific videos that Tivendale had downloaded from social media and then shared amongst like-minded sexual deviants.

He said: “He told police that he was able to identify other users who had similar interests, he discovered other terms that he recognised and give the people his user name.

“He said he asked these individuals for images and he received indecent images and shared these with other users.

“The defendant refused to tell the police what the indicators were that helped to find like-minded people.”

Tivendale was released from custody on October 25 and officers from Cleveland Police visited his home on The Crescent, Middlesbrough, the check whether he was complying with the conditions of his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

As a result, the defendant pleaded guilty to three charges of making and distributing indecent images and three of possession of indecent images.

Judge Peter Armstrong sentenced Tivendale for an extended period of five years and issued him with an indefinite SHPO for his ‘distorted proclivities’.

“If it is thought that these images are not a cause of serious harm needs to think again,” he said. “You were systematically looking to get on these forums to discover other people who are similar minded to you.”

December 2019

Sex offender re-offends

A sex offender caught with sickening images of child abuse on his phone just 24 hours after his release from prison could face an extended sentence.

Stewart Tivendale, 24, may be deemed a dangerous offender after he returned to disturbing online habits as soon as he regained his freedom.

He was jailed for three years in May last year after he made sexual advances to children and collected 11 hours of child abuse films.

He was released from prison on October 25 this year, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Judge James Brown said: “On October 26 police come around, ask for his phone. There’s images found on it.”

On Tuesday, Tivendale admitted three new charges of making indecent photographs of children – 605 pictures, including 161 at the most serious level.

He had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing the images.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: “He accepts that he’s been engaged in a network that involves indecent photographs of children.”

Tivendale, of The Crescent, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, appeared in court via prison video link.

The facts of his case was not fully outlined in court as he was remanded in custody until sentencing on January 8 next year.

Judge Brown said the court needed a report “addressing the issues of dangerousness” before determining sentence.

He said: “It is inevitable that there is going to be a custodial sentence of some sort.”

He told Tivendale: “Because of the nature of the offences which you’ve now pleaded guilty to, particularly coming on the back of the previous convictions, as part of the sentencing exercise I’m obliged to consider a number of things.

“And they include whether or not you would qualify for an extended sentence.

“Before I reach such a decision I need further information. That includes a report from the Probation Service.

“I’ll sentence you hopefully, all being well, on January 8. You’ll remain where you are until then.”

Tivendale’s sordid hidden world was first exposed when he traded in his phone at a Redcar shop, the court heard in May last year.

The shop manager opened the phone to find a picture of a naked 13-year-old girl with the title “dark web”, and called police.

Another 24 similar child abuse images were found, leading to the discovery of 1,193 more on his computer tower and another phone at his Redcar home three days later.

The vile material included 11 hours of videos on the computer, with the worst images showing children as young as nine in distress.

Tivendale had been systematically searching for the pictures, chatting to underage boys and girls on the internet, asking for indecent pictures of victims and sending an explicit video.

He tried to persuade children to take part in sexual activity in obscene messages, and spoke of putting his hand around telling one girl’s throat.

He talked of taking boys’ and girls’ virginities, and asked a boy: “Do you fancy meeting right now?” No meetings occurred.

A week after admitting these offences, detectives found 33 more child abuse images, of children as young as three, on Tivendale’s phone at his home.

He admitted 16 charges last year, offending which spanned years since he was 17.

These were 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 offence.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, then the Recorder of Middlesbrough, jailed Tivendale for three years in May last year.

He said Tivendale had an “obsession with sex with young children, whether it be boys or girls”, while accepting he did not intend to meet the youngsters he talked to online

May 2018

Jail for pervert, 21, from Middlesbrough with obsession with child sex

A pervert with an obsession with sex with children is starting a three-year prison sentence for a series of offences.

Stewart Tivendale collected and shared pictures and videos of abuse and incited boys and girls online to send photographs and carry out disgusting acts.

Teesside Crown Court judge told the 21-year-old that the language he used during chats with teenagers on social media was “dreadful”.

Tivendale admitted a total of 16 charges – multiple counts of making and distributing indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence and attempting to incite child exploitation.

Judge Bourne-Arton told him: “There is a troubling aspect of your personality character, namely your obsession with sex and your obsession with sex with young boys and girls.”

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield told the court that the offences came to light when Tivendale bought a new mobile phone and traded in his old handset – which contained a picture of a naked 13-year-old.

Police went to his home in Redcar and seized other devices which had more than 1,000 indecent images and more than 11 hours of video clips of abuse with victims as young as three.

Tivendale, now of Crescent Road, Middlesbrough, was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.