August 2016

Twitter account alerts police to paedophile

A man has admitted downloading 52 indecent photographs and movies of children from the internet while living at Frome.

Kevin Matthews came to the attention of the police after he was linked to a Twitter account using two different names.

Further links were established which traced his online activity to a specified IP address, and when police went to his home they discovered a laptop containing the indecent material.

Matthews, 49, of no fixed address, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.

He admitted three offences of making indecent photographs of children and a further three of making indecent movie clips of children.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said that the charges comprised six photographs and seven movie clips of the most serious category A; 19 photographs and three movie clips in category B and a further 15 photographs and two movie clips in category C.

She said: “The police spoke to the defendant and issued a search warrant at his home where a laptop was recovered.

“The hard drive was examined and revealed the various categories of images and he was charged.”

The magistrates refused to accept the case and ordered Matthews to be sent to the crown court which had greater powers of punishment.

They adjourned the case for sentence to August 26 and in the meantime released him on unconditional bail and ordered him to sign on the national Sex Offenders Register within three days of the hearing.