Rapist Who Used Tinder to Find Victims Jailed For Life

A rapist in the U.K. who sexually assaulted five women he met on the dating app Tinder has been jailed for life.

Trainee paramedic Tom Rodwell, 31, from Middlesbrough, in northern England, had previously admitted 10 rapes, in addition to one attempted rape and sexual assault, according to London-based radio station LBC.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years under the U.K. definition of life imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough, on Monday.

When sentencing, Judge Paul Watson said Rodwell was "addicted to a sense of power" he had over his victims and that he had "ruined" their lives, according to the radio station.

Judge Watson added: "You are a callous, unfeeling sexual predator whose only concern is for your own gratification."

According to Cleveland Police, Rodwell used his aspirations to work in healthcare in order to appear caring.

But in reality, Rodwell was, in fact, "manipulative towards his victims and quickly became violent."

Teesside Crown Court heard Rodwell told his first victim he was into "rough sex" and later admitted to raping her four times, according to LBC.

After violently sexually assaulting his second victim, Rodwell messaged her on WhatsApp and asked when he could "rape her again."

A third woman considered suicide after being raped by Rodwell several times and claimed he "gaslighted" her, LBC reported.

Rodwell's fourth victim said she was raped in a hotel before he hit her several times.

The depraved rapist claimed not to know what happened by commenting his "ex liked it," prosecution lawyer Richard Bennett told the court, according to the radio station.

His final victim said Rodwell had told her he wanted to "own her" as well as "choke her," the court heard.

The court also heard Rodwell, who had no previous convictions prior to the case, had faced similar charges in Scotland back in 2018.

In a Twitter statement shared on Monday, detective constable Rick Sainsbury paid tribute to the victims' courage.

He said: "Rodwell's offending is despicable. He is a dangerous individual and his selfish and depraved actions have caused lasting harm to his victims and their families.

"We welcome today's sentence, and that he will be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

"Today the whole investigation team wants to pay tribute to the victims in this case who have shown undeniable courage throughout the investigative process and without them, we would not have got this result.

"It is thanks to them Rodwell will now be behind bars and no longer able to cause harm to women. They should be proud of their actions and we hope they will now be able to find some form of closure.

"We'd like to encourage anyone who is affected by hearing about this case to remember that you can report sexual offenses to police, whether historical or recent and you will be listened to and supported."

Last year, the U.K. recorded the highest number of rape offences in a 12-month period with 61,158 cases, which was driven by the highest quarterly figure of 17,285 between April and June 2021, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Rodwell and stock image of police officer
Photo of rapist Tom Rodwell and stock image of British police officer. Rodwell raped five women he met on the dating app Tinder. Cleveland Police/ Getty