September 2019

Registered sex offender jailed for messaging ‘teenage girls’

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A registered sex offender who sent sexually explicit messages to what he believed to be young girls has been jailed.

Thomas Turney, of Langdale Close, Cambridge, messaged a “girl”, who he believed to be 14, on social media in November last year.

However, the girl was in fact an adult from paedophile hunting team ‘Scorpion Hunters’ and the messages were handed over to police.

He was convicted of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in January.

The order banned Turner, 38, from using the internet to communicate or seek communication with any child under 18 who he had not met face-to-face.

However just five months later in June, Turney contacted two more “girls” through an online dating site.

He repeatedly asked one of them to send him naked photos of herself and messaged both girls over the course of two days.

The “girls” again turned out to be adults and the sexually explicit messages were handed to police.

Two days after the conversations were given to police, officers arrested Turney at his house.

In interview he admitted the dating profile was his and said he had set it up to ‘find love’. He denied being sexually attracted to young girls and denied sending the messages.

However, he later pleaded guilty to four charges in total, including two charges of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and two charges of breaching a SOPO.

He admitted the offences at a previous hearing and was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday (2 September).

Turney was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison and handed a 12-month community order requiring him to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

His existing SOPO remains in place and will run for 10 years.

January 2019

Man who messaged ‘girl, 14’ asking for naked photos and sex

A man has been convicted of sending inappropriate messages to what he believed to be a schoolgirl online.

Thomas Turney, 38, believed he was messaging a 14-year-old girl but the account was, in fact, a decoy set up and controlled by an online child abuse activist group (OCAG).

Turney made contact with the “girl” in October last year and over the following weeks became increasingly explicit, saying he wanted to have sex with her and requesting naked pictures of her, despite her claims to be only 14 and not know what sex was.

The group behind the decoy account passed the information onto police and Turney was subsequently arrested at his home in Langdale Close, Cambridge on November 15.

The teams involved were Huntz 2 Exposure & Justice for the Tears

Turney was sentenced to an 18-month community order for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (January 24).