February 3, 2020 3.35 pm This story is over 26 months old

Lincoln man admits trying to contact young girls online

Sentencing has been adjourned until March

A 23-year-old man from Lincoln admitted 15 sex charges involving attempts to contact young girls over the internet when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court on Monday, February 3.

David Tulley made contact over a three month period with nine people he believed to be girls aged between 9 and 14, sending them indecent images and sexualised messages.

However, he was actually contacting decoy internet accounts set up by a group of ‘paedophile hunters’ pretending to be young girls.

The Keeping Kids Safe vigilante group previously posted on its Facebook page claiming that Tulley was originally stung in December 17, 2018 by Fleetwood Enforcers UK.

Tulley voluntarily attended the police station on June 13, 2019, before being charged with 23 counts when he appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on December 12. He has since appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on February 3.

Tulley, of Portland Street, Lincoln, admitted four charges of attempted sexual communication with a child; eight charges of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act; two charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity; and a further charge of attempting to incite child pornography.

The offences took place between September and December 2018.

Tulley was granted bail to allow for the preparation of a psychiatric report and sentencing was adjourned until the end of March.

Judge John Pini QC told him: “I’m adjourning this case for sentence to the March 27 by which time the court will have a psychiatric report about you.

“You can have bail but the fact that I am granting bail is no indication of what the final sentence will be.”