National Crime Agency
‘What am I likely to get for this?’ asked Frenchman arrested flying into the UK to sexually abuse a young girl
A Frenchman who flew to the UK thinking he was going to sexually abuse a 12-year-old girl asked investigators who caught him: “What am I likely to get for this?”
National Crime Agency officers arrested Mathieu Hilaire, 29, near a café in south east England on 10 December last year as he waited to meet someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
NCA officers were waiting for him, and when arrested, Hilaire said: “Yes. Yes, ok, what am I likely to get for this?”
He admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and at Southwark Crown Court was recently (07 February 2020) given a 16-month sentence suspended for two years by judge Jeffrey Pegden QC.
The software developer had begun chatting on an instant messaging app to what he thought was a young schoolgirl in November last year.
Within a few weeks his conversations had become sexually explicit and he plotted to coincide a UK business trip with a chance to meet the ‘girl’.
Hilaire, who lived in Gzira, near Valletta in Malta but plans to move to Cambridgeshire, flew to the UK after repeatedly being told the ‘girl’ was 12.
He changed his flight plans to secure the meeting, booked accommodation close to where he thought she lived and even suggested picking her up from school.
Hilaire said he was worried about being seen by a teacher or someone who knew her and that he was concerned about being caught. He even said he was worried about going to prison if caught.
His intention was to take the child in a car he had hired to an address where he intended to abuse her.
Malta's vice squad searched Hilaire's address and seized his media devices for forensic examination.
He was referred to a rehabilitation course and ordered to pay £200 costs.
He was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order restricting his internet use.
Martin Ludlow, NCA operations manager, recently said:
“Hilaire’s sexual interest in children is clear to see.
“Not only was he talking to someone he thought was a young, vulnerable girl, but he actually changed his travel plans to carry out child sexual abuse.
“There is no greater priority for the NCA than protecting children.”
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
European police chiefs back NCA demands for tech companies to do more to prevent child sex abuse17/02/2020 09:15:00
Police chiefs across Europe have backed a National Crime Agency demand for tech companies to transform their work to prevent child sexual abuse.
One of “Europe’s most wanted” extradited back to Romania after NCA operation14/02/2020 16:15:00
The suspected head of a major organised crime network has been extradited back to Romania to face trial, following an operation by the National Crime Agency.
NCA secures freezing order over Leeds businessman’s £10.5m property portfolio14/02/2020 11:15:00
The NCA has obtained a freezing order stopping the sale of 17 addresses as part of an ongoing investigation into a Leeds businessman with suspected links to serious organised criminals.
Multi-agency action targets city money laundering12/02/2020 15:43:00
A day of action by National Economic Crime Centre partners will target money service businesses (MSB) at risk of being used by criminals to launder money.
Three men jailed over £500k of cocaine and false documents11/02/2020 11:15:00
Three Albanian men have been jailed over a plot to supply high purity cocaine worth £506,000 and having false identity documents.
International cricket match fixers and ex-player jailed10/02/2020 13:15:00
An ex-professional Pakistani cricketer and two others were recently (07 February 2020) jailed for bribing cricketers to fix elements of international matches.
Seafood salesman convicted of eelegally smuggling £53million worth of European eels through the UK10/02/2020 10:37:00
A seafood salesman has been convicted of smuggling an estimated 5.3 million critically endangered baby eels from Spain to East Asia via the UK over a two year period, in what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.
Drug dealing trio jailed over £1million cocaine conspiracy07/02/2020 11:15:00
Three men have been jailed after £1m worth of cocaine and £95k in cash was seized, as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership.