October 2017

Pervert watched children as young as nine months being sexually abused online

A Bristol man who directed the live sexual abuse of a youngster online has been jailed for three years.

Matthew Abbott hid a dark secret. He was entering repulsive chat rooms on the internet where, along with other perverts, he took sexual pleasure in watching children as young as nine months old being raped.

On some occasions he – and other like-minded viewers – were able to communicate with the abusers as the crime was taking place, as if they were actually there.

Abbott, 34, of Coombe Dale in Sea Mills, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children as well as assisting or encouraging an offender.

In September 2016 National Crime Agency officers arrested Abbott at the Bristol supermarket where he worked. They searched his house and seized devices including a laptop and desktop computer

They found he had watched live streamed footage of a four-year-old girl in Denmark being sexually abused.

Abbott carried on watching after the user showed his audience that the abuse was live by flashing a thumbs up at the camera.

The girl has since been identified and taken into care, while safeguarded by authorities and the offender arrested.

Abbot was one of several users who used an online chat room dedicated to sharing and discussing images of child abuse.

While logged into the chatroom he is believed to have seen pre-recorded videos showing abuse of children as young as nine months old.

Jeffrey Lamb, prosecuting, told the court a US-based undercover investigation led the NCA to Abbott’s door.

Abbott told Avon and Somerset police he admitted sexual enjoyment because of his attraction to an adult male abuser.

But his computer search terms reflected an interest in child sexual abuse material.

Jailing Abbott and making him subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, Judge Mark Horton told him: “You took the height of sexual enjoyment over watching a young girl being raped by her father.”