February 2016

Paedophile jailed for ‘appalling’ online child sex offences


A Llandeilo man is today serving an extended prison sentence of 16 years, with 10 years of that to be served in custody, following convictions in relation to online child sex offences.

Aled Owen Matthews, 33, was convicted for the possession and distribution of over 4,000 indecent images of children, intentionally encouraging a commission of an indictable offence, and for breaching an existing Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Matthews pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on October 30, 2015.

A reporting restriction was imposed at the time of sentencing.

That ban has now been lifted and Dyfed-Powys Police said they were releasing details of the conviction due to the seriousness of the offences and the length of the sentence given.

Matthews was found to be in possession of forbidden equipment and in possession of and distributing indecent images of children.

He was also discovered engaging in web chats with what he thought was a young mother of two young children but was actually an undercover police officer.

The passages in the web chats were described as ‘quite appalling’ by Judge Paul Thomas QC.

At the time of sentencing Judge Thomas, who deemed Matthews a high risk to children, said: “You are an exceptionally devious, highly sophisticated and determined – to the point of being undeterrable – paedophile.

Judge Thomas said Matthews had ‘an all-consuming drive to satisfy his sexual perversions.’

“You devote a great part of your thoughts, time and energies to it to the exclusion of much else.” he said

“I pay tribute to the work that has been done by the relevant police officers in this case. Obviously a lot of very technical and determined work has been carried out by them.”

September 2008

‘I want kids to abuse’

AN AMMANFORD paedophile who claimed he planned to have children just so he could abuse them has been jailed for four years.

Aled Matthews, 25, downloaded 104,523 indecent images of children – many category five, the most severe. Some showed toddlers as young as 12 months being abused.

Matthews, a jobless labourer, told fellow paedophiles in internet chatrooms he “could not wait to have children” so he could abuse them.

He boasted that his innocent fiancee, who was unaware of what was going on, worked with children “from zero upwards” and he hoped to corrupt her too.

Last June the press exclusively revealed how Matthews, of Heol Marlais, had admitted 32 offences of making and distributing child abuse images.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing the massive catalogue, which he kept on computer memory sticks and CDs.

Carina Hughes, prosecuting, told Carmarthen crown court that when the collection was examined by Sandra Kealey, an experienced computer crime officer with Dyfed Powys police, she was reduced to tears.

She described it as one of the largest collections of child pornography found in Britain – and Matthews had amassed it in only three months.

She said Matthews began swapping videos across the internet, which alerted police. They were able to trace messages typed on his computer keyboard.

In one conversation over the internet Matthews said he and his fiancee were “trying for kids next year.”

He added: “I can’t wait” and put a smiling face icon next to it. “I am trying to turn the girlfriend onto it, she’s not into it.”

The court heard his fiancee was questioned by police and was “entirely innocent.”

Matthews told police he had become bored with adult pornography.

His barrister, Huw Rees, said he had no intention of carrying out his threats and now appreciated the harm he had done by downloading the images.

Judge Michael Burr told Matthews: “The people who made these images descended to the pit. You fell into the trap of accessing them on the internet and to your discredit found you had interest in them.”

Matthews was ordered to register as a sex offender,banned from using computers, working with children or contacting them alone.