A convicted paedophile gave riding lessons to a nine-year-old girl despite being told by police he was banned from doing so.
Jarod Tasdelen, now aged 23, was called a “predatory offender” in 2016 as he was jailed for 38 months having committed a raft of sex offences against three girls aged under 16.
Tasdelen – said to have carried out a “systematic pattern of grooming” to abuse the girls – was also told to follow the strict conditions of a seven-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).
One made it an offence for him to approach, engage in conversation or associate by any means with any under-16 female unless a parent or guardian was present at all times and aware of his conviction.
In January 2020, Tasdelen moved from Wiltshire and began living at a north Cumbria livery stable. As police visited him, he confirmed his awareness of the SHPO conditions.
“He actually enquired whether he would be able to give under-16s riding lessons,” prosecutor Brendan Burke told Carlisle Crown Court, “and was specifically told not, which ought to have been self-evident in any case.
“The police do record giving him that warning.”
Tasdelen struck up a friendship and sent increasingly flirtatious messages to an adult female who believed his name was actually Tyler Roberts. He also offered to give her nine-year-old sister free riding lessons and did so about eight times with the three of them present.
“There would be times when (the adult female) was distracted by other tasks,” added Mr Burke, “leaving the defendant alone with (the girl); at least to the extent that no adults would have been present.”
Tasdelen had also sought to play down his past offending. But when this came to the attention of others, in late June, along with his offer to take the sisters “to the river as a reward for all the good riding”, police were alerted.
Tasdelen, of Eden Vale Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, admitted a SHPO breach which Recorder Ciaran Rankin concluded was “willful and deliberate”.
But after reading background information and noting Tasdelen was “deemed to have a low likelihood of reoffending”, Recorder Rankin suspended a 12-month jail term for two years.
Tasdelen must complete rehabilitation, a three-month night-time curfew and 120 hours’ unpaid work.
“What has saved you from an immediate custodial sentence is your timely guilty plea,” said the judge.