July 2018

Dangerous Torquay sex attacker gets 11 years for molesting two girls

A dangerous sex offender who attacked two schoolgirls after luring them into his home has been jailed for 11 years.

Sean Matthews attacked the girls, aged ten and 14, after conning the younger girl into being alone with him.

He exposed himself to the younger girl, asked her to take part in a sex act, and then groped her.

He trapped the 14-year-old in a hallway, locked the front door behind her, and touched her breasts and private parts as she tried to fight him off.

She eventually managed to unlock the door and run outside where she told friends she thought Matthews had tried to rape her.

Both victims suffered serious psychological effects with the younger girl needing hospital treatment.

Matthews, aged 35, of Starpitten Grove, Torquay, denied false imprisonment, inciting a child to sexual activity, and three sexual assaults and was convicted after a trial in May.

He was jailed for 11 years with a five-year extended licence by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court.

He was put on the sex offenders register for life and his future contact with children was restricted by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The judge told him:”The 14-year-old girl believed she was on the point of being raped. That shows the seriousness and the frightening nature of the incident.

“She was distraught and her victim impact statement shows she was traumatised and scarred. These were serious offences against girls of very tender age.

“A psychiatric report suggests your sexual offending has not been modified and the risk you pose is significant, particularly to young children. You are a dangerous offender.”

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the attack on the 14-year-old happened in December 2016 and the two attacks on the younger girl in January and June 2017.

Matthews has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old in 2006.

His defence told the court he had been bullied while on remand in prison and his parents have stopped visiting him since his conviction.