July 2023

Pervert pestered a schoolgirl into sending him graphic pictures of herself

This is the first picture of a vile teenager who pestered a primary aged schoolgirl into sending him graphic pictures of her at home.

Sex offender TJ Till-Smith met his nine-year-old victim on Instagram.

He asked the child to ‘send him nudes’ despite knowing how old she was. When the youngster refused to keep up with the paedophile’s demands, he threatened to post the sordid clips online.

She was left so tearful and distressed, she eventually revealed all to her parents.

18-year-old Till-Smith avoided prison for his vile offending.

The young girl was in a ‘very emotional state’ when her mum came home after a morning shift in January 2021. She was ‘hysterical’ and took an hour to speak about what had happened, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

She told her mum someone had told her to ‘send rude pictures’, prosecutor Glyn Samuel said. The girl’s dad checked her phone but the conversations had been automatically deleted.

Her mobile phone was then reset to factory settings, with parental controls added. Police received information that indecent images of children had been uploaded to Till-Smith’s Instagram account about 18 months later.

Officers woke him up to arrest him at his home at 7.45am on July 14 last year. At first, Till-Smith blamed a friend for using his social media account before later confirming he was responsible for accessing indecent images from Google.

Till-Smith then said he was unaware he had broken the law and asked officers if they ‘could just delete them’. He asked if he was going to be jailed and if he would be sent to a young offenders institute or an adult prison, Mr Samuel said.

Police discovered the sex offender, of Daisy Walk, Wolverhampton, made 60 separate searches for sick content online. He had more than 200 indecent images of children aged between nine and 16.

They also realised that he had been speaking with his young victim after adding her as a friend on Instagram in January 2021. He repeatedly asked for pictures and videos and continued to demand explicit videos even though she had told him her age.

He went on to say he wanted details of a friend of the victim before asking her to ‘send nudes’. She told Till-Smith ‘no’ but he threatened to post her content online, leaving her tearful.

The pair spoke over two days, with their initial conversation trailing into the early hours of the morning, police found. Alison Scott-Jones, defending, said Till-Smith ‘lacks maturity’ and has been diagnosed with ADHD which means he has issues with his ‘understanding’.

He told police he was about 15 when he started searching online for indecent images because others at school said they were receiving them. Till-Smith said he was ‘exploring his sexuality’ and was only interested in people his age.

 Sentencing, Judge Rebecca Crane said it was important Till-Smith ‘received support’ and decided against detaining him.

Till-Smith was given a 24-month community order, with a 55-day sex offenders treatment programme and a 55-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He must remain on the sex offenders registers for five years and was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order on Thursday, June 29.

He admitted causing a child to engage in sexual activity, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of taking indecent photographs of children and three counts of making indecent images of children.