February 2016

Paedophile jailed for four and a half years

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A Westerham driving instructor who exploited two girls for his own sexual gratification was sentenced to four and a half years in prison today.

Matthew Ottley, 40, pleaded guilty to two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity – one of them involving a child under 13 – and two charges of arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography.

The former High Street resident was given two sentences of four and a half years and two of 27 months, which will run concurrently.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also issued against him for 10 years, which means he has to follow strict restrictions around children and when using the internet.

Sarah Lindop, prosecuting, told Maidstone Crown Court on February 5 how Ottley had committed “a multitude of sins”.

He picked up two girls aged 12 and 13 from school over a period of three days in 2014, and encouraged them to perform sexual acts in the back of his car.

The first day he took them straight home, but on the second day he drove them to a secluded area and showed the girls a selection of sex toys on his tablet computer, asking them to choose one.

Despite the girls telling him they did not want the devices, with one of the victims saying he had “gone too far”, the following day he offered two vibrators to the girls, telling them they should use them on each other and film it.

When the girls again refused he offered them £200 each, and said “it’ll be fun”.

Mrs Lindop added he had wanted to video the girls to make sure they would not tell anybody, threatening to post the footage online.

Judge Smith said Ottley had made “an extraordinary fall from a law-abiding, hard worker.

“I’m impressed with your character and history, but a young girl confided in you and discussed her concerns with you.

“And you exploited that for your own sexual gratification.”

The judge called the results of Ottley’s actions “utterly catastrophic”, explaining how the abuse had negatively impacted on one of the victims, affecting her confidence and causing “distress and stress”.

Ottley was due to be sentenced in November 2015 but this was delayed when he indicated he wished to change his plea. However an application for this alteration was not received by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He previously owned a taxi company in Edenbridge and ran a Westerham-based driving school as a franchise of the AA.

The parents of one of the complainants said: “We’re glad it’s over. We can give our child what she needs and tell her it’s all done with. We’re relieved.”

October 2015

Driving instructor admits sexually abusing two schoolgirls

A Westerham driving instructor has admitted sexually abusing two girls in the back of his car after he picked them up from school.

Ex-AA instructor, Matthew Ottley, 40, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court last Thursday to abusing the girls over a four day period last November.

Ottley, formerly of the High Street, was released on bail until sentencing at the end of next month.

The former taxi boss, who also operated a mini cab business known as Matt’s Taxis, pleaded guilty to:

  • Two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity – one of them involving a child under 13.

He also admitted two charges of arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a further three counts of abuse would remain on file after Ottley, who has now moved to Saxon Way, Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, denied the charges.

Ottley, who ran his franchised business “I Drive Safe;y” along with his wife, Faye for 11 years, was suspended by the AA in July but severed all connections with them in September.

On their driving school website, the pair boasted nearly 20 years professional driving experience with “a 100% pass rate” and said they specialised in “helping particularly nervous pupils”.

Ottley, who was a pupil at Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill, was released on bail on the condition he not make contact with any witnesses involved in the case. He will be sentenced in the week beginning November 23.

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