June 2023

Ex-soldier found with child abuse films involving babies

A pervert former soldier was caught after offering to share child abuse videos involving babies with an undercover police officer.

Jonathan Mathias also threatened to post pictures of what appeared to be 14-year-girl on Facebook unless she performed a sexual act.

The 41-year-old, of Honeywood, Newcastle-under-Lyme, was arrested at his parents’ house in Porthcawl on September 29 last year while his wife was present.

When he was out of earshot from his family, he admitted to officers he knew why they were there but claimed he was ‘just messing about’.

A sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court on Friday heard the undercover officer created a profile on the Kik messaging app and began speaking to the defendant who asked him to ‘trade pictures’.

He sent pictures of a young girl being abused and a picture of children’s underwear and claimed he had abused a young girl, WalesOnline reports.

The police obtained a warrant as a result of this and arrested Mathias who initially made no reply.

A Samsung phone was seized and when examined was found to contain 39 indecent images of children and seven extreme pornographic images as well as 66 videos of child abuse and nine videos of extreme pornography.

Prosecutor Clare Wilks told the court there were a number of ‘small children’ depicted in the videos – the youngest of which was just a baby.

Among the chats on Mathias’ phone was a conversation with someone claiming to be a 14-year-old girl in which he threatened to post photos of her on Facebook unless she performed oral sex upon her brother. The defendant had also visited websites related to bestiality.

Mathias pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of indecent images and possession of extreme images. The court heard he was of previous good character.

Judge Wayne Beard sentenced Mathias to two years and four months imprisonment.

He also made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order and sex offender notification requirements for 10 years.