Police hope Bourne paedophile's conviction offers 'reassurance and confidence' to community
Police say they hope the community can take 'reassurance and confidence' from their operation to catch a Bourne paedophile.
Anthony Fiddler, 38, of Recreation Road, was today sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for sex offences and indecent images of children.
The court heard he was caught by a 'decoy' at Bourne Abbey church.
Investigating officer Charlie Walmsley of Lincolnshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable People unit said: “Our detailed investigation uncovered some deeply concerning activity and indecent images of the most serious grading.
"Thanks should go to those witnesses who acted as online decoys to highlight this dangerous individual to us.
"I hope that the case gives some reassurance and confidence that we take this very seriously and we will do all in our power to fully investigate and bring offenders to justice. If you ever have suspicions or concerns about an individual or their behaviour, please report them.”
Fiddler previously pleaded guilty to sexual communications with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act, attempted sexual communication with two further children and attempting to incite a child to engage in a sexual act. The offences took place in May 2021 and were brought to our attention by decoys who purported to Fiddler be 12 and 14-year-old girls.
Fiddler was also sentenced for indecent images of children, 124 of which were graded as category A, the most serious category.
Fiddler was made the subject of a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.