Paedo caught posing as a teen to get enrolled at his 14-year-old victims school

A paedo who posed as a 14-year-old schoolboy and attempted to enrol at the same school as one of his victims has been rumbled.

Anthony Lonsdale, from Wembley, London, has been jailed for sending sexual pictures and messages to two girls in Nottinghamshire and a girl in the Derbyshire area.

Sick Lonsdale, 21, pleaded guilty to eight counts of grooming and possession of sexually explicit images of children, according to the Nottingham Post.

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He was arrested in March 2022, then 20, after he had been found posing as a schoolboy and even turned up to a school dressed in uniform, having attempted to meet up with a teenage girl he had been messaging on social media.

Lonsdale had set up fake profiles on a number of different social platforms, including Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp, first in the name of a teenage girl called ‘Tia’.

Posing as ‘Tia’, he chatted to the girl and encouraged her to add her so-called 12-year-old brother ‘Sam’- a second profile he had created.

Over several weeks ‘Sam’ had messaged the girl, starting off friendly but leading to her feeling like they were boyfriend and girlfriend – and sending her sexually explicit photos.

Following further investigation officers were able to identify two other girls from the Nottinghamshire area who Lonsdale had been contacting under different false names.

Lonsdale would message from the different accounts, send indecent images, and request photos in return.

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He met up with one of the young teenage girls at McDonald's disguised as a female friend, and tried to contact her younger sister.

After the girl decided to block his messages, Lonsdale contacted her from one of the other fake names and said that they had attempted suicide and that they may die because of the girl’s actions.

More offences were found while Lonsdale was on bail, with phone analysis showing multiple conversations with teenage girls and nude photos.

He also visited the Mansfield area dressed as a teenage girl to meet a 14-year-old girl in a park and convinced her and her mum to let him stay overnight as he had no money to get home.

He was jailed for seven years, plus three years on extended licence, following a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, January 19.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order and five-year restraining order were also put in place.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,

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