Pedophile commits offense by uploading thousands of images of child abuse in rehab



A “dangerous” pedophile continued to commit offenses by uploading thousands of images of child abuse while attending a taxpayer-funded drug rehab after being spared jail.

Matthew Prescott, 27, of St Helens, Merseyside, avoided jail in 2016 after being caught with more than 4,000 disgusting images and was instead asked to attend specialist rehabilitation classes.

But while participating in the program to stop his sick fantasies, he “tricked” the authorities into continuing to upload illicit images of child abuse.

The pedophile was called “dangerous” by a judge after his sick fantasies were exposed by two more police investigations, after he was initially spared jail for his initial crimes.

Prescott was jailed for more than two years on Friday after Liverpool Crown Court learned he had not only uploaded nearly 2,000 additional videos and photos, but also shared some of them.

But Prescott claimed the footage of raped children was collected by one of his twisted alter-egos.

Matthew Prescott (pictured), 27, of St Helens, avoided jail in 2016 after being caught with more than 4,000 disgusting images and was instead asked to attend rehab classes

He told a psychiatrist that his last stash of disgusting pictures and videos was not his responsibility, but that of “Alex”.

Alex is one of five personalities who the 27-year-old said picked up on him, saying, “Alex was just there for himself. I tried to get rid of him so many times.

At a previous court hearing, forensic psychiatrist Dr Lucy Bacon said she diagnosed Prescott with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

Michael Hagerty, defending, admitted it was not a defense to the charges he admitted.

He said of his client: “He had significant issues as a child, especially with his father, although this relationship is now good, and there were puzzling issues regarding his relationship with his mother. . “

Mr Hagerty said Prescott claimed to have “multiple personalities”, but Dr Bacon said this “dissociation” was a common symptom of EUDP.

He said: “Mr Prescott is not seeking sympathy for his actions, but he now has a diagnosis, rather he is hoping he can get help for his condition, either in detention or once released. . “

In May 2016, Prescott was convicted of three counts of downloading and one count of possession of indecent images of children.

He left Liverpool Crown Court after receiving a three-year community order and asking him to comply with a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

But last summer, police intelligence conducted a search of his home and officers discovered nearly 2,000 other photos and videos in his possession.

The transport included 240 files classified as Category A – the most serious category showing child rape – and which included a picture of a newborn baby.

There were 259 category B images of boys aged five to seven, and 1,330 category C files of boys aged three to five.

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But he ‘tricked’ authorities into uploading thousands of illicit images while in rehab and was jailed for more than two years at Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) on Friday

On a Samsung mobile phone, police discovered the Whisper social media app, which Prescott had used to share about two dozen Category C images.

Data showed Prescott was accessing illegal images as early as September 2016 – despite community-imposed restrictions and sexual harm prevention orders.

While under investigation for the offenses, officers again raided his Cotham Street home on April 15.

Chris Taylor, prosecuting, said the National Crime Agency linked a Category A image of a child uploaded to the Kik messaging platform in Prescott and notified Merseyside Police.

Officers seized a laptop containing nearly two dozen Category C images and discovered that Prescott had also been interact with other pedophiles online.

A pre-sentence report suggested that Prescott had “duped” those monitoring his progress and after his arrest in June 2020, had continued to engage with images of child abuse.

Referring to the moment Prescott offended the judge, recorder Ian Unsworth, QC said: “You are a prolific pedophile and, despite previous orders, you have continued unabated in your deepest and darkest fantasies. . ”

After two interviews without comment, he later admitted four counts of downloading, two counts of possession and one count of disseminating indecent images of children.

The distribution costs concerned about twenty category C images.

Prescott, who appeared in court on Friday via a video link from HMP Altcourse, sentenced him to 30 months in prison and a lifelong sexual injury prevention order.

Condemning Prescott on Friday, Mr Unsworth said: “Describing categories of how the court is required to do it just can never do justice to the true horror of the footage you have relentlessly watched for years.”

He added: “Each of the hundreds, if not thousands of children you have examined over the years is a victim.

“Each of them is exploited by other pedophiles, by those who inflict vile abuse on them, those who film them and those who, like you, watch them.”



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