September 2019

Serial sexual predator caught by paedophile hunting team

Undercover paedophile hunters snared a vile pervert who had arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex in the toilets of a railway station.

Paedophile Matthew Jenart asked to meet the young girl just 18 days after being released from prison for a string of sex offences including child abduction.

The 35-year-old believed he was meeting the teen virgin at Middlesborough train station but was instead exposed by members of Guardians of the North, Decoys UK and Dark Justice.

Teeside Crown Court yesterday heard how Jenart believed he had been chatting to two 14-year-old girls and a 12-year-old.

At one point during the undercover conversations, Jenart asked one girl what time her mum would be home and told her “no underwear would make it easier”.

The paedo had previously been jailed for six-and-a-half years in December 2015 after admitting eight offences.

One of the offences included attempting to incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

In March 2013, Jenart was given a community order with treatment and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) to stop him contacting children.

He had also been communicating with other paedophiles and sharing indecent images of children with them around the same time.

In the new offences, Jenart pleaded guilty to facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and attempting to meet a child under 18 following sexual grooming.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to incite a child into penetrative sexual activity and an attempted breach of sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Deborah Sherwin told Jenart he had learnt “nothing” from his time spent in prison, and jailed him for six years.

December 2015

Sexual predator who abducted schoolgirl after grooming her on Facebook is jailed

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A devious sexual predator of children who abducted a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Matthew James Jenart, 31, used a false name to groom an vulnerable underage schoolgirl online, Teesside Crown Court heard today. 

The Stockton paedophile arranged to meet the girl and picked her up in a hired car.

He was only thwarted by a sharp-eyed teenage boy who saw her sneaking out and getting into the car on the night of June 29.

The boy noted the car’s registration number. It was stopped by police on the M62 in West Yorkshire the next day, with the girl in the passenger seat.

It emerged that high-risk sex offender Jenart had hired 16 different cars in the preceding few months, despite having a car of his own.

“The suggestion being that it’s to avoid detection when he’s getting young girls in the car with him,” said prosecutor Shaun Dodds.

Police found a secret smartphone which Jenart had used to ask another schoolgirl for a naked picture of herself.

Using the female alias “Jade Lee”, he posed as a 17-year-old online in the communications.

He also had 146 indecent images of children aged three to 13 – and distributed one such picture – on the phone.

He was given a community order in 2013 for asking an underage girl for “naked fun” and “naughty fun” on the internet.

He falsely claimed to be a 15-year-old boy on Facebook and made the propositions to an 11-year-old girl.

Jenart, of Hartington Road, central Stockton, admitted nine offences – child abduction, making and distributing indecent photographs of children, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order and two of failing to comply with notification requirements as a sex offender.

Judge Howard Crowson said Jenart’s claims that he was trying to do the abducted girl a favour were “fanciful”.

He said if it had not been for the teenage boy, it would have been very difficult to trace Jenart.

He put the sex menace’s capture down to the boy’s full information and excellent police work.

He said of the abduction: “That she appears to have acted voluntarily is unarguable.

“But it is also clear, and the law recognises this, that someone such as [the girl] is sometimes capable of falling under the spell of someone like you, sometimes manipulated by devious men because they believe they’ve found a friend, someone who loves them.

“Instead what they’ve found is a selfish predator. That is clearly what you are.

“You were clearly a man with a continuing and very worrying interest, and a sexual interest, in young girls.”

He said Jenart’s behaviour only worsened since his last conviction.

Jenart was jailed for seven-and-a-half years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He was given a new indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning contact with under-16s, changing or hiring cars without telling police and governing his internet use.

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October 2015

Stockton child sex offender caught by mum on Facebook admits string of new offences

A child sex offender – who was caught by a vigilant mum when she took over her daughter’s Facebook – has been back in court to admit a string of new sex offences.

Matthew James Jenart appeared at Teesside Crown Court today, where he admitted charges including making indecent photographs of children and causing or inciting a 14-year-old child to engage in sexual activity. 

The 31-year-old admitted an offence of abducting a child and breaching his sex offences prevention order on three occasions this year by failing to make his mobile phone available to police.

And he also admitted two offences of failing to comply with notification requirements by failing to tell police about using aliases – one being “Matthew James”.

The court heard that the indecent photographs he made included 15 category A pictures, 24 category B pictures and 107 category C pictures.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Simon Bourne Arton told him: “You have had the good sense to plead guilty to these offences today.”

He remanded Jenart in custody and told him he will be sentenced on December 18.

In May 2013 Jenart, of Hartington Road, in the Parkfield area of Stockton, was given a community order by a judge after admitting attempting to incite a 11-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity .

He posed as a 15-year-old boy on Facebook to talk to an 11-year-old girl. He suggested that they have “naked fun”.

He was in fact talking to the girl’s mother who turned the tables on him as she diligently vetted her daughter’s social networking.

The mum was concerned about the stranger who asked for her daughter’s friendship and so she took the role of her child in a Facebook conversation.

Jenart claimed he was 15 and repeated that lie when told his photo looked older.

The mum made it clear to Jenart that he was talking to an 11-year-old.

Undeterred, he asked her if she had a boyfriend, a “bf” and asked if she wanted fun.

When twice asked what he meant, he replied “naughty fun” and “naked fun”.

He was told: “I’m only 11”. He responded: “It’s only fun. Try it. You will like it.”

The conversation ended when the mother made it clear that it sickened her.

Police were called and found a number of young girls as friends on Jenart’s Facebook page.

At first he claimed it wasn’t him who talked to the girl, that his lost phone had been used, then unsuccessfully tried to provide an alibi.

He later owned up but said variously said it was a joke, he wanted pictures of her, and matters wouldn’t have gone any further.

He was given a three-year community order with supervision and a sex offender programme.

He was banned from working with children for life and given an indefinite sexual prevention order governing his use of the internet.

He was told he would be on the sex offenders register for five years.

November 2013

PREDATORY paedophile escapes prison for a second time

A PREDATORY paedophile who controversially dodged prison for grooming a schoolgirl on the internet has walked free again – sparking fresh fury from victims.

Within weeks of his reprieve, Matthew Jenart repeatedly breached a series of orders designed to restrict his access to children and limit his risk.

He was caught with five mobile phones – one containing indecent images – had contacted a young mother, and set up chat room accounts in a bogus name.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that Jenart had also failed to do single session of his sex offenders’ treatment course because of his low IQ.

Yet the 29-year-old loner was spared jail for the second time in eight months after his lawyer argued: “He is becoming demonised by his own inadequacies.”

Jenart walked free on the day Google and Microsoft pledged to make it harder to find child abuse images on the internet. The restrictions will be launched in the UK first, before being expanded to other English-speaking countries and 158 other languages in the next six months.

But Matthew Jenart’s case shows the scale of the problem facing law enforcement agencies.

In March, Jenart – who was caught when his victim’s mother posed as her daughter on Facebook and contacted police – was given a treatment order and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) to stop him contacting children.

Jenart escaped a prison sentence because the judge said he could not be sure of his intentions when he told an 11-year-old girl that he wanted to have “naughty fun” and “naked fun” with her.

Just weeks after his let-off, police discovered a phone in his room that contained indecent pictures of children.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs told the court Jenart had been trawling websites for explicit teenage material, and he had set up social networking pages in the name Jamie James.

He told police he had used a false name to hide the fact he was a registered sex offender.

Graham Brown, mitigating, told the court: “The defendant says he has learned his lesson. We have an individual described as intellectually impaired.

“He says the only phone he will get in the future will be one purely capable of making telephone calls, rather than having cameras or internet access.

“Undoubtedly, the Probation Service are going to have difficulties managing him, but that’s not a criteria for him not being given supervision.”

Jenart, formerly of Laurel Avenue, Thornaby, near Stockton, admitted charges of breaching his SOPO, making and possessing indecent images and breaching the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

He was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with two years of supervision, and was ordered to go on the treatment course.

Judge Tony Briggs told him: “If you were in full possession of your faculties and enjoyed a completely normal functioning personality there would be no doubt at all you would be going to prison.”

Last night, the mother of Jenart’s victim said she was “astonished” he had been given another chance for repeatedly breaking the law so soon after he got his first one.

Pete Saunders, chief executive of campaign group the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, described the situation as “an outrage”.

He said: “This man is clearly in a category whereby he may always pose a risk and steps should be taken to make sure his opportunities to abuse are minimised. In the first instance, this should mean custody.”

Internet search providers, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and charities at Downing Street held an internet safety summit yesterday.

The Prime Minister said the UK would host an international summit on the issue next year, with a “specific focus on protecting the victims of online child abuse”.

And he pledged to bring the Government’s resources to bear on the so-called “dark net” where sex offenders can meet and swap information.

But Jim Gamble, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), said a more effective plan would be to spend £1.5m on hiring 12 child protection experts and 12 co-ordinators in each of the police regions to hunt down cyber sex offenders.

March 2013

Mum catches sex pest by posing as daugher online

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Jenart pictured above pretended he was 15 years old

A MOTHER who posed as her schoolgirl daughter to trap an internet sex pest told last night of her shock after hearing he had walked free from court.

Matthew Jenart, 28, dodged prison when a judge said he could not be sure what his intentions were when he asked the 11-year-old for “naughty fun”.

Jenart – described in court as an isolated loner – lied about his age on Facebook and claimed to be a 15-year-old who was still at school onTeesside.

Even when he was challenged about his age and told his profile picture made him look older, he maintained the lie and asked if the girl wanted “fun”.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that the youngster’s mother took over at the computer when she was told about the new friend request from Jenart.

Prosecutor John Gillette said the family had an online security regime in place which involved the girl telling her parents of anything suspicious.

Posing as her daughter, the woman asked Jenart what he meant by “fun” and he replied with the phrases “naughty fun” and “naked fun”, said Mr Gillette.

When he was told she was only 11, he replied “It’s only fun. Try it, you’ll like it”, and ended the conversation with “Cool, so you going to have fun?”

After his arrest last December, unemployed former hotel worker Jenart claimed he would not have taken matters further and it had just been a joke.

His lawyer, Graham Brown, said although probation officials expressed worries about his behaviour, Jenart had never come into contact with a youngster.

He commended the “extremely good computer protocol” of the girl’s family, and told the judge, Recorder Robert Adams: “It is how it should be operated.”

Jenart, of Laurel Avenue, Thornaby, near Stockton, received a three-year community order after he admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for five years, ordered to undergo a treatment programme and will be banned from working with children.

Mr Recorder Adams told Jenart: “The chat you entered into in with [the girl’s] mother can only be described as disgusting when you consider you thought you were speaking to an 11-year-old and you were lying about your age.

The girl’s mum, who lives in the Stockton area, said: “It’s very disappointing that he didn’t go to prison.

“I’m surprised the judge said he wasn’t sure of his intentions. I was the one on the receiving end of his messages and they seemed pretty clear to me.”

She added: “I felt physically sick exchanging messages with him. I kept coaxing him until he said he wanted ‘ naked fun’ with my daughter, at that point I couldn’t go on any further and I called in the police.

“It has left us feeling very disturbed and anxious. It made me think of Ashleigh Hall, that poor young girl from Darlington, who was murdered by a man who contacted her on Facebook.

“Cases like these show why parents have to be so careful. In our family we insist on complete trust and honesty, which means there are no secrets.

“When my daughter asked to join Facebook I had some reservations about it but like many parents in that situation I didn’t want her to feel excluded from her friends who where on it.

“My conditions where that she told me every time she got a friend request and that I could access her account at any time.

“I’m so glad that I was cautious it’s terrifying to think what might have happened if I had not.”

The mum, who cannot be identified, is also from Teesside.

Extract of the online chat

Mum (posing as daughter): Who are you?

Jenart: Matt who you xd

M: you tried adding me??

J: I know to friends if you want to be

M: but i dont even know you?

J: I know lol but we can get to know each other

M: How old are you? why do you want to be friends with me i’m only a kid

J:Iam15you

M: you dont look 15

J:OkIamhowoldareyou

M:i’m11willbe12inafewmonths

J: Ok kool what you upto xx

M: just chilling, listening to some music u?

J: Kool watching the hulk xx

M: boring lol

J: Ok lol thanks so you got bf

M: No am too young

J: Ok kool who you with

M: am in my bedroom on me own

J: Kool you want fun M: Fun?

J: Naughty fun lol

M: what do you mean?

J: I mean naked fun

M: im only 11

J: Lol it only fun try it you will like it xx Whst you upto tomz

M: nothing much

J: Kool so you going to have fun xx

M: no am too young and your too old