February 2019

Pervert avoids prison sentence

A pervert who had hundreds of sickening images in his possession had a “fascination with My Little Pony”.

Matthew Roach was found to have indecent images of children – some of which were in the most serious category – along with hundreds of extreme porn images, some involving humans engaging in sex with animals.

The 25-year-old was caught when police searched the Hemlington home he shared with his mum.

Appearing at Teesside Crown Court on Monday, Roach dodged a jail sentence as he was deemed too “vulnerable” for prison.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said that concerns were raised after the discovery of an email address linked to Roach’s home.

Police went to his home, but as his family were present, they decided it was best for him to voluntarily attend the station.

“A number of items were seized and he was interviewed under caution”, she said.

“He did not want a solicitor present but did say he had some difficulties.”

The court heard that due to Roach’s issues, he regularly feels “very nervous” but made “full and frank admissions” to the offences which happened between October 22, 2016 and August 22, 2017.

In sentencing, Judge Sean Morris, said Roach had found himself “on animal websites and became obsessed with those”.

He added that a psychiatrist had advised he would be “very vulnerable in a prison environment” before adding it was not in the interest of justice to lock him up.

Roach, of Myton Walk, Hemlington, was given a three-year community order and must undertake 30 rehabilitation days.

He was put on the sex offenders register and was given a sexual harm prevention order lasting five years.