Update: On 3rd August at Peterborough Crown Court he was jailed for eight months, having pleaded guilty to breaching his SHPO at a previous hearing.

July 2020

Sex offender admits breaching court order

A registered sex offender, who was jailed last summer after being caught by a paedophile hunter, has now admitted breaching a court order by deleting dating apps and messages from his phone.

Matthew Verity, 42, was caught in a sting operation in 2019 when he linked up with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

He contacted the “boy”, who was actually a paedophile hunter, and despite being told he was only 14, discussed what he would like to do sexually and about meeting him.

He also asked for a naked photo of the “boy” and sent a picture of his own genitalia.

Verity, who was living in Stamford when he was jailed last year but is now based in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the Sex Offenders Register in 2016 after being convicted of a sexual assault.

He was visited at his home address in Dogsthorpe on Sunday, July 12 by officers from the north-based Public Protection Unit (PPU) as part of a routine check on registered sex offenders living within Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Police said one of the restrictions as part of his SHPO is that he must not delete any internet history.

However, on inspection of his phone officers found evidence Verity had deleted WhatsApp messages and the dating apps Grindr and Tinder.

Verity pleaded guilty to breaching his SHPO at Peterborough Magistrates Court on July 13.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Peterborough Crown Court for sentencing on a date yet to be set.

July 2019

Stamford sex offender caught by paedophile hunter’s sting operation

A convicted sex offender was caught in a sting operation when he linked up with what he thought was a 14 year old boy on the Grindr app – but turned out to be a ‘paedophile hunter’

Matthew Verity contacted the “boy” and, despite being told he was only 14, discussed what he would like to do sexually to the lad.

Stuart Lody, prosecuting, said that Verity asked for a naked photo of the boy and sent a picture of his own penis.

Verity went on to discuss meeting the boy and in May last year turned up at a McDonald’s expecting to see him.

Instead he was confronted by police and arrested.

Mr Lody said “A self-styled paedophile hunter , Myles Manning, had created a decoy account in the name of a 14 year old called Carl

“In a profile posted on Grindr, Carl stated he was 14. The defendant offered to drive over to where Carl lived and ‘have some fun’.

“They discussed meeting up in Corby.

“Myles Manning found out that the defendant lived in Stamford and went there. He said he was at McDonalds. There was a confrontation. The police were called and the defendant was arrested.”

Mr Lody said that at the time of the incident Verity was under a sexual harm prevention order which banned him from contacting any child under the age of 16.

Verity, (41), of Edmonds Close, Stamford, admitted charges of attempting to meet a child following grooming; attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity; attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child; and attempting to breach a sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for two years.