June 2022

‘Incorrigible paedophile’ admits six child rapes and taking videos of naked children

“You are an incorrigible paedophile”. These were the words a judge used to describe a man who admitted multiple child rape.

Ross Tilling used young girls for his warped sexual gratification.

But the hideous abuse caught up with him when he was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today 

Tilling, 44, of Cheshire Avenue in Locking, Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to six child rapes – three of which when the youngster was aged under 13.

He also admitted sexual activity with another girl, and four charges of making an indecent image of a child.

Judge William Hart handed him a 16-year sentence, comprising of 15 years’ custody and a year’s extended licence. He also handed him an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop re-offending.

The judge told Tilling: “You are an incorrigible paedophile. You subjected (the rape complainant) to years of sexual abuse of the most serious kind, treating her as a sexual object for your own pleasure, and now there is a price to pay and it is a heavy one.”

Edward Hetherington, prosecuting, said the girl told a friend she had been abused and the matter was reported to teachers. Police were called in and she recounted how Tilling raped her.

When Tilling was arrested in Wales. He made no comment when interviewed.

Forensic analysis of his mobile phone revealed a secret stash of child abuse photos, 551 of which were deemed to be in the highest category of concern.

Tilling admitted taking indecent images of the rape victim. He further admitted sexual activity with a second youngster and taking indecent images of her and a third child.