Man ‘made teen watch him carry out sex­ual acts’

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Dalling @Robert­Dalling [email protected]­ 01554 700811

A MAN re­peat­edly made we­b­cam calls to a teenager with cere­bral palsy forc­ing her to watch him carry out a sex act on him­self

Matthew Lee Thomas, ap­pear­ing at Swansea Crown Court via vide­olink, pleaded guilty to send­ing ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tions in May last year.

The court heard a teenage girl, who has cere­bral palsy, re­ceived a Face­book message from Thomas, who simply said ‘Hi’.

He then in­vited her to a video call with him, which she ac­cepted, and when his we­b­cam be­came ac­tive, she saw him un­der the bed­sheets, car­ry­ing out a sex act on him­self.

She im­me­di­ately hung up the call, and a short time later he called her back. She an­swered again, only this time he had re­moved the bed sheet and was car­ry­ing out the crude act in clear sight.

Two weeks later, the same girl re­ceived a video call from a pro­file set up un­der the name ‘ Sophie Price’.

She an­swered the call and it was Thomas doing the same thing again.

He was later in­ter­viewed by po­lice and made no com­ment.

The 21-year-old, of no fixed abode, is cur­rently serv­ing a 10-year ex­tended sen­tence com­pris­ing six years cus­tody and a fouryear li­cence pe­riod.

This was after he pleaded guilty to mul­ti­ple counts of in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act, pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of in­de­cent images, and pos­ses­sion of extreme pornog­ra­phy in May this year.

Judge Paul Thomas, sen­tenc­ing Thomas, said: “Last year you started talk­ing to a girl with cere­bral palsy and started car­ry­ing out a sex act on your­self.

“It is a mat­ter of some re­gret this mat­ter was not be­fore me when you were sen­tenced to six years im­pris­on­ment with a fouryear li­cence pe­riod.

“I am is­su­ing a con­cur­rent sen­tence of eight months, and if there are other mat­ters be­fore this court it does not mean be­cause I have not taken fur­ther action here that I won’t in the fu­ture.”

Matthew Thomas re­peat­edly made we­b­cam calls to a teenager while he was per­form­ing a sex act.

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