April 2021

Pervert dad, 40, withdrew from family in lockdown to chat online with underage girls

A dad who shut himself away from his family during lockdown searched online to find 13-year-old girls to have explicit chats with.

Unfortunately for father-of-three Matthew Humphry, 40, one of the children he was enjoying sexual conversations with was actually an undercover police officer.

Leicestershire Police raided his house and seized his computer, where they discovered evidence of other girls he had communicated with, including one 13-year-old girl who sent him a topless photo.

The prosecutor, Nicola Moore, told the court how Humphry had contacted “Emily” in May last year and the girl – really a police officer – told him she was only 13.

Ms Moore said: “The chat developed over six or so weeks. He was asking if she had pubic hair and saying she would look fantastic in a bikini. He talked about putting sun tan lotion on her.

“He suggested they meet up and said if she was naughty he would smack her bottom.

“He said she would enjoy having sex with him as he would be gentle.”

After his arrest, Humphry was charged with attempted to engaging in sexual communication with a child and inciting sexual activity. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

Mr Newcombe said his client, who now lives in Chester Close, Pontypool, Wales, now realised how wrong his behaviour was and had been receiving counselling.

He said: “Despite everything that has happened to him, he does appear determined to get to the root of these issues.”

Recorder William Harbage QC, sentencing, told Humphry: “What was going on was clearly for your sexual gratification and demonstrated a sexual interest in teenager girls or, more worryingly, underage girls.

“It is obviously very wrong and you, belatedly, have admitted that

“People who offend in this way against real 13-year-old girls go straight to prison.”

He sentenced Humphry to four-months, suspended for two years.

He also ordered him to take part in 30 days of probation programmes and sign the sex offenders register for the next seven years.