June 2013

Actor jailed for child rape and sex abuse

Wilson

An actor accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually abusing three other children was today jailed for nine years.

Matthew John Wilson, who is well known on the theatre scene in Hinckley, was also involved in downloading more than 2,000 indecent images of young girls.

The 34-year-old admitted a catalogue of 19 offences, relating to him molesting girls over a 10-year period.

Rebecca Herbert, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court: “From a young age he was involved in theatre and considered a gifted pianist and dancer, as well as an accomplished actor.

Wilson, of Elm Tree Drive, Burbage, has appeared in numerous shows, mainly at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley.

Mrs Herbert said Wilson used the theatre to meet, groom and abuse young girls with “skilful manipulation.”

He prevented them from speaking out by making them think they were in a relationship with him, she said.

Wilson admitted raping a 14-year-old girl, as well as three counts of sexual activity with the same child, between January and March 2006.

He admitted five counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl between October and December 2002.

The defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, between August and October 2007.

He admitted two counts of sexual activity with another 14-year-old girl and one of causing or inciting her to engage in sexual activity, including intercourse, between last year.

Wilson further pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent photographs of children, by accessing illegal images of young girls on the internet, between January 2012 and June last year.

They relate to 2,221 images at level one, five images at level two, four images at level 3 and 24 images at level four.

There were no images in the most serious category, level five.

Wilson was given a longer than normal licence period of five years and was told he could expect to serve two thirds of his nine year sentence.

Sentencing, Judge Mark Rogers said: “Your behaviour has shattered the lives of a number of families.

“The only person to blame for that is you.

“There’s a significant element of abuse of trust.”

He said the victim impact statements where “truly shocking and distressing.”

Wilson was told he will be on a sex offender register for life, he was banned from working with children and placed on a sex offences prevention order.

Philip Gibbs, mitigating, said: “His mother has written a letter from the heart putting into context the defendant’s life.

“He’s a damaged, weak, needy, socially isolated adult and took sexual pleasure where he shouldn’t have done and should have been a role model.

“He accepts he’s done wrong.”

Afterwards, one of the officers in the case, Det Con Glen Williams, of the Leicestershire force’s serious crime team, said: “I’d like to thank the victims for their co-operation, firstly in coming forward and also for their bravery in giving their accounts to the police.”

The some of the victims and members of their families who attended became distressed and wept in the public gallery

April 2013

Panto actor admits raping girl, 14 and sexually abusing others

An actor has admitted raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually abusing three other children.

Matthew John Wilson, who is well-known on the theatre scene in Hinckley, was also involved in downloading more than 2,000 indecent images of children.

At Leicester Crown Court yesterday, the 34-year-old, who molested girls over a 10-year period, pleaded guilty to a total of 19 offences.

Wilson, of Elm Tree Drive, Burbage, has appeared in numerous shows at Concordia Theatre, in Hinckley. The victims came into contact with him through his involvement with acting.

Wilson admitted raping the 14-year-old girl, as well as three counts of sexual activity with the same child, in 2006.

He admitted five counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2002.

The defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, in 2007.

He admitted two counts of sexual activity with another 14-year-old girl and one of causing or inciting her to engage in sexual activity, including intercourse, last year.

Wilson further pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent photographs of children, by accessing illegal images of young girls on the internet, between January 2012 and June last year.

They related to 2,221 images at level one, the least serious category of image, five at level two, four at level three and 24 images at level four. There were no images in the most serious category, level five.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports.

Judge Simon Hammond released Wilson on bail with conditions, including having no unsupervised contact with girls under 16 and not to engage in any theatre activities.

He told the defendant: “These are very serious matters indeed and the court will be considering a very lengthy custodial sentence.”

Wilson, who appeared on the brink of tears as he entered the guilty pleas, will be sentenced on June 28.

He was told he will also have to enlist on a sex offender’s register.