January 2023

Rapist dragged boy down secluded footpath and sexually abused him

A serial offending child rapist dragged a boy down a secluded footpath before sexually abusing him.

Matthew Reed has now been convicted of sexual offences three times, having been handed a lengthy jail sentence previously for raping another young child.

The paedophile shouted “bulls***” as he was locked up again on Monday.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the now 30-year-old raped his victim when he was as young as seven on four separate occasions in Widnes in the late noughties.

Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, described how Reed – who was aged 16 and 17 at the time – would touch the youngster inappropriately before forcing him to perform a sex act.

On one occasion, the sex offender grabbed by him by his arm, “dragged him down a secluded path” and sexually abused him. The child returned home and cried in his bedroom afterwards.

Reed’s sickening crimes were eventually reported to the police last year. Appearing via video link to HMP Wymott in Lancashire, he was heard saying “bulls**t” as details of the case against him were read out.

A statement read out to the court on the complainant’s behalf said: “I feel like a broken person and I don’t want to feel like this any more. This is all because of Matthew and what he did to me.

“I couldn’t stop what was happening to me then, and I feel like I’m unable to protect myself sometimes. I want him to know I’m not that little boy any more.

“I just want justice. I hope Matthew doesn’t ever get out of prison.”

He added that he had considered taking his own life on occasions as a result of the abuse. At this point, Reed – of no fixed address, but previously of Runcorn – interrupted: “Maybe the b****** should.”

The pervert was previously jailed for 10 years in 2014 for two counts of rape against a child. He was then handed an additional seven months in 2017 for sexual assault.

Reed admitted two counts of rape and was imprisoned for 11 years, as well as being handed an extended five years on licence.

He will also be required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was handed a 20-year sexual harm prevention order, as well as a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim for the same period.

October 2014

Man found guilty of child rape


A Runcorn man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a young girl

Unemployed Matthew Gary Reed (23) of Runcorn was found guilty at Chester crown court of two counts of rape on a child who was aged under 13-years-old

The female child was aged just 11-years-old. One count of rape related to an anal sex attack

The court heard that the attacks took place on June 16th 2014. The child told her mother what had happened, and the police were informed.

Reed continued to deny the attacks and resorted to several outbursts from the stand which included calling the victim: “A lying little slag”

Reed was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for each count, to run concurrently

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, and he will also be subject to a sexual offences prevention order on his release