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Man thanked online child abuser for images that were the “best I’ve seen”

A 34-year old man from Essex has been jailed for two years after he asked a convicted child sex offender to share abuse images online.

Matt Devere, from Southview Drive, Westcliffe-on Sea, Southend was identified by officers after they recovered explicit sexual conversations on computers seized from the house of Peter Allott, a former teacher who was jailed in May 2016.

In the chat, Devere had asked Allott “can u send vids” adding he wanted them to include extremely young children.

A number of videos were then shared and Devere told Allott “pls tell me u have more like that … best ive seen”.

Officers arrested Devere at his home address in June 2016. Forensic examination of computers and internet-enabled devices taken from his house showed Devere had been communicating with like-minded individuals over a period of time, specifically asking for - and sharing - images and videos of incest between fathers and sons.

He pleaded guilty to 13 offences in September 2017 including intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, distributing an indecent image of a child and possessing extreme pornography.

He was sentenced recently at Chelmsford Crown Court and will be subject to an indefinite Serious Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

NCA Officer Martin Ludlow said:

“Matt Devere actively sought to communicate with individuals using video conferencing forums for the sole purpose of accessing horrific child abuse images.

“He gave no thought to the victims in the images and the conversations we recovered show he was requesting videos depicting the worst kind of abuse.

“Our officers are dedicated to protecting children and ensuring people like Devere and Allott face the consequences of their actions. If you are engaging with people online and sharing images of child abuse, you will be identified, located and brought to justice”.


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