Jailed: Silver car sex offender who targeted eight victims in a day

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A PERVERT who targeted eight victims in one day during a terrifying spree of attacks has been jailed for four years.

Carl Todner appeared to be a happy, working dad who had a long-term partner and bright future.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard that after his relationship broke down, he secretly stalked the streets in his car late at night or in the early hours preying on women and girls.

When the 27-year-old was caught by detectives, his mobile phone records showed he had also been posing as an underage girl on the internet to con teens into engaging in illegal sex chat and had a stash of indecent images of youngsters.

He said he had turned to viewing pornography after smoking cannabis when he split from his girlfriend.

The court heard how last November Todner, of Elgin Avenue, Seaham, had been given a police caution after being caught masturbating at a woman while sat in his car in a busy shopping area in Newcastle.

Months later – in March – he embarked on his sex crime spree, attacking women and girls as they walked the streets of Sunderland and South Tyneside, alone. His youngest victim was just 11.

Judge Deborah Sherwin ordered Todner to sign the Sex Offenders’ register and abide by the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the rest of his life.

The court heard a total of five women and girls were physically attacked and the rest were approached and propositioned while Todner exposed himself to them.

Prosecutor Julian Smith told the court the first victim was targeted on March 9 as she walked home after a night out in Jarrow.

On March 23 Todner preyed on eight women.

The first was targeted as she walked home in the early hours from Sunderland university campus and was sexually assaulted. Later that morning, a teenager was attacked at Toward Road in the city after Todner ran up behind her.

By nine o’clock that morning Todner had travelled to Jarrow and attacked a teenage dog walker as she made her way to the park.

An hour and a half later he was back in Sunderland, where he offered to pay a woman £30 cash for sexual favours, while exposing himself from his car.

Minutes later he exposed himself to another woman from his car in the city and again offered to pay her cash.

By 11am that day Todner had travelled to Silksworth, Sunderland, where he exposed himself to another woman and less than half an hour later he approached another teenager in the city and again exposed himself while offering cash.

His final victim that day was an 11-year-old girl who was targeted in the Thorney Close area of Sunderland.

Todner offered her £20 cash and exposed his penis, prompting the youngster to run away, saying “I don’t talk to 
strangers.”

On March 25 Todner attacked a 14-year-old girl in Jarrow.

Todner was arrested after police identified his silver car using CCTV from a bus passing an area where he had made one of his approaches.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, exposure as well as making, distributing and possessing indecent photographs of children.

Tom Moran, defending, said there is no way of knowing whether the March attacks could have been prevented if Todner had been prosecuted rather than cautioned for exposing himself in November.