Matthew Charlesworth – Stoke

March 2021

Pervert snared by paedophile hunters as he tried to meet ‘girl, 14’, in Hanley park

A FIVE time convicted sex offender who was caught by paedophile hunters just months after being released from prison has been jailed

Serial offending pervert Matthew Charlesworth was snared by paedophile hunters after trying to meet up with an ‘underage girl’ in a Stoke-on-Trent park.

The 31-year-old made contact with three ‘decoy’ 14-year-old schoolgirls who were in fact adults looking for child abusers.

Using the name Matt Charlei on Facebook, he told one of the ‘girls’ he was aged 20 and soon began talking about sex.

In a chat with a second ‘girl’, he told her to put her hand in her underwear and rub between her legs.

And he asked the third ‘girl’ if she ‘liked it in her mouth’.

A member of the paedophile group then agreed to meet the defendant at Hanley’s Central Forest Park at 2pm on June 11.

But after showing up, he was ‘handed over’ to the police and he was arrested the next day.

Now Charlesworth has been handed an extended sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court which is made up of 32 months custody with six years on licence.

Prosecutor Sharon Bahia said the defendant was jailed for three years in 2017 for meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual activity with a child, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and possessing extreme pornography.

He was made the subject of a SHPO until further order which prohibited him from contacting girls under 16.

But Charlesworth contacted three ’14-year-old girls’ who were in fact decoys ‘.

Miss Bahia said: “He made contact with one. She said she was 14. The defendant continued to chat with her, telling her he was 20. He quickly steered the chat into a sexual nature.

“He referred to the ‘kissable’ lips she had and asked if she had ever been kissed. He asked if she wanted a spanking

The second ‘girl’ was also 14. Miss Bahia said: “He asked her to put her hand in her underwear and rub between her legs. He asked how it felt.”

He also talked sexually to a third decoy, who also claimed to be 14.

The final decoy was a 28-year-old woman and they arranged to meet at Hanley’s Central Forest Park at 2pm on June 11.

Miss Bahia said: “The paedophile hunter group produced a number of chat logs of evidence. There were hundreds of pages of messages with all three decoys.

“His phone was seized. He was allowed to leave but he was formally arrested the next day.”

Charlesworth, of Vale Street, Stoke, pleaded guilty to three charges of attempting to breach a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), three offences of attempting to engage in sexual communication, and attempting to incite a child to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

Judge Paul Glenn made Charlesworth the subject of a new SHPO which will run indefinitely. He will also be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was barred from activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

Judge Glenn said: “You used a profile showing a picture of Steve McGarrett, a character in Hawaii Five-O.

“You were communicating with adult members of a paedophile hunter group, rather than three teenage girls you thought you were communicating with. You sent hundreds of messages plainly trying to groom those children which you thought they were.”

The judge said it was ‘quite disgusting material’. He added: “I am conscious all these matters were attempts. There were in fact no victims. There was in fact no actual harm.

“I am satisfied you represent a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public by the commission of further specified offences. You represent a risk to young females under 16.”

Charlesworth is already on the UK database, after he groomed a real schoolgirl online before meeting with her and sexually assaulting her. On that occasion, he pretended he was a 17 year old boy. He was finally caught after police intercepted him attempting to meet another girl he had groomed online

Since his first conviction, Charlesworthhas repeatedly breached his sexual offences prevention order.

June 2020

FIVE time convicted paedophile caught by paedophile hunters

A FIVE time convicted sex offender has been remanded in custody after he was caught by paedophile hunters just months after being released from prison

Serial offending paedophile Matthew Charlesworth of Tunstall was arrested after he groomed what he believed was a 12 year old girl online.

Charlesworth sent a string of sexual messages with the full intention of engaging the child into sexual activity. However the child did not exist and was instead a decoy from a paedophile hunting.

Charlesworth is already on the UK database, after he groomed a real schoolgirl online before meeting with her and sexually assaulting her. On that occasion, he pretended he was a 17 year old boy. He was finally caught after police intercepted him attempting to meet another girl he had groomed online

Since his first conviction, Charlesworthhas repeatedly breached his sexual offences prevention order.

March 2017

Tunstall dad-of-two, 27, jailed for grooming girls, 14, on the internet

Pervert Matthew Charlesworth has been jailed after grooming a 14-year-old girl on the internet before sexually touching her.

The 27-year-old also arranged for another schoolgirl to travel from Cornwall to meet him.

But police intercepted the teenager at a Birmingham bus station and the dad-of-two was arrested

Now Charlesworth has been jailed for three years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The court heard the defendant contacted his first victim on a dating site for teenagers – and pretended to be a 17-year-old known as Matt Jones.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said: “He knew she was aged 14. There was 92 hours of messages and 314 video communications.

He sent her intimate images of himself and she was encouraged to send images of herself. She sent one or two in her underclothes.”

Charlesworth met the girl in Burton where he sexually touched her and then saw her on two further occasions.

Mr Spratt added: “He wanted there to be further sexual activity.”

Charlesworth had arranged for another 14-year-old girl who he met on the internet to travel from her home in Cornwall to Stoke-on-Trent when police foiled the meeting.

Police seized his mobile phone which contained four indecent images and an extreme pornographic image.

Charlesworth, of St Aidans Street, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to meeting a female under 16 following grooming; sexual activity with a female under 16; attempting to meet a child under 16 following grooming; making indecent images; and possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant was bullied as a child and struggles to mix with people his own age.

Judge Paul Glenn told Charlesworth: “These offences came to light after a 14-year-old girl was reported missing from home in Cornwall. Inquiries established a link to you and when police attended your home and looked at your mobile phone they found you had organised transport by coach. That child was vulnerable.

“The other girl told police she met you online. She told you she was aged 14. You made representations that you were only 17. You met on three occasions and you have the name Matt Jones. You were persistent. You wanted sexual activity. You engaged in sexual activity. You told her you would self-harm. You subjected that child to emotional blackmail.

“Your offending was planned. The suggestion you are not attracted to children is utterly ridiculous.”

Charlesworth was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life. He was also barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

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