***GUILTY*** David Cardwell/Tripp - Bristol/Weston-Super-Mare - Operations Department Practitioner Stung, Many Kids Safeguarded!
22nd March 2018 - David Cardwell/Tripp - A broken position of trust!!
David Tripp/Cardwell has been sentenced to custodial imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual communication with a child, and being in possession of over 1200 indecent images of children, one contained a child as young as 4 being sexually abused:
**A MONSTER GIVEN A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE**
An ambulance charity volunteer who posed in uniform on a dating app in an attempt to entice underage girls to have sex with him has been jailed for 11 months.
David Cardwell, formerly of Sunnyside, Weston-super-Mare, was handed the sentence at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (June 28) after pleading guilty to three counts of attempting sexual communication with a child and a further count of possessing prohibited images of children earlier this month.
The court heard how the 52-year-old was caught by a 'paedophile hunter' group who travelled to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, to confront him after setting up a sting. The group had created profiles for 'girls' aged 12, 13 and 14 on dating websites with whom Cardwell then began contacting, with the tone becoming sexual very quickly.
'I would love to see your body', 'have you ever seen a c***?' and 'I bet you would look good in a bikini' were just some examples of the messages read out in court by Robin Shellard, prosecuting.The hearing was told how Cardwell started by messaging on Oasis and Tinder before moving the conversations to Kik and WhatsApp, where deletion is easier.
The vigilante group contacted the police after confronting Cardwell, who then raided his place of work and an office he rented in Weston-super-Mare.
A total of 1,214 prohibited images that could be easily accessed were found to be in his possession.
Many of the sordid pictures were of "very realistic" cartoons depicting abuse of children and babies, with Judge Horton describing them as "as close to real life as it is possible to get". The court also heard how Cardwell had lost his job, his marriage and contact with his own child as a result of his crimes.
Mark Linehan, defending, said: "He became detached and isolated from his family and friends.
"He became emotionally and sexually disconnected.
"He increasingly moved towards more and more depraved pornographic material."
Judge Horton said: "This is a very serious case.
"Your background is that you demonstrate a man of honesty - a family man. You perform an important public service for the community.
"But, you held a very dark secret in private rooms with your computer. You viewed pictures which depicted the abuse of children. You had no idea you were communicating with decoys."You asked one 'girl' to come to Bristol for a sleepover and said that you would show her how to have sex.
"You made an offer to go London for a meeting - you sent her a profile photo in your St John Ambulance uniform."
He continued: "This case is a very firm reminder of the dangers for children who access dating and chat lines when they are able to do so with no understanding at all that there are sexual predators who are using them."Children only have to state they are over 18 to view and access it."
Judge Horton took Cardwell's attempts to reform himself into account when sentencing but decided a jail term was inevitable.
"You demonstrated a very clear interest in young girls and babies," he said.
"An immediate custodial sentence is essential in this case."
Cardwell was jailed for ten months for the three counts of attempting sexual communication with a child and given another month for possessing the images, to run concurrently.
He will have to serve at least half of the sentence before he is eligible for release.
He was also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and handed both a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Barring Order.
His Acer laptop will be destroyed.
On 22nd March 2018, Justice for the Innocent successfully exposed David Cardwell in Bristol at his place of work, Southmead Hospital. What makes this case one of the most concerning, is not only the content of evidence, but a clear break in his position of trust! This man worked as the Regional Operational Department Practitioner and was arrested with clear evidence and confession of sexually grooming what we knew to be not only one of our Decoys, but three of them! One 13 years old, a second 14 years old and horrifically, a pre-teen Decoy only 12 years of age!!
The evidence collected in this case demonstrated sexual grooming of a slow nature with months of chat logs collected.
This case has been printed as an article in Bristol Post News as well as our video footage being watched nearly 200,000 times with approximately 500 shares! It is clear that the public feel mortified with this news, due to his position and the nature of his sexual abuse online. But we thank everyone who has shared this news as public awareness is very much at the heart of what we do!
We also note that whilst this article seems balanced in its views, it does draw attention to the wide debate on the procedures used during our stings as to whether they are appropriate.
In summer 2017 it was suggested that the groups might do more harm than good.
As always when this question is raised, I share my response: Our police force simply do not have the time, resources or finances to catch these predators! We will continue our hard work in a professional and safe manner to ensure that these monsters are handed to the police for the justice our children deserve! At the end of the day, what's the most important thing here? Whether we have governance? Or whether or not there is one less monster hiding behind a screen, causing lifelong catastrophic emotional turmoil for the victims they prey on ? I only hope no real children are involved here.
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