‘High risk’ paedophile gets five years for grooming boy

JAILED: Andrew Bolderson
JAILED: Andrew Bolderson

A “high risk” paedophile who admitted grooming a boy into performing sex acts has been handed a five-year-jail sentence.

Andrew Bolderson, aged 28, of Stationers Place, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to a number of charges of inciting a boy aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity and be involved in pornography.

The court heard that Bolderson committed the offences while on bail for possessing indecent images of children.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, said Bolderson, who was given a three-month prison sentence in 2009 for possessing indecent images of children, had been arrested after he claimed he had been sent a pornographic image.

After analysing his computer, officers found that he had 22 indecent images of children, including four in the highest category.

The court heard that Bolderson had “blackmailed” the young boy from Northamptonshire, into sending indecent images of himself after he started sending messages to him online.

Bolderson was arrested after the boy’s parents uncovered the online messages, including one where he had made plans to meet the boy in his hometown.

Judge Lynn Tayton said Bolderson was somebody who represented a “significant risk of causing serious harm.”

She sentenced him to a year in prison for possessing the indecent images. For the other offences he was sentenced to four years in prison, to be served consecutively to the one-year sentence, followed by an extended licence period of six years.

He is likely to serve at least two thirds of his prison sentence.

Bolderson will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

He must pay the victim surcharge of £120.