Preston paedophile’s stash of 13,000 images exposed after he leaves phone on the bus
A man who lost his mobile phone ended up being arrested by child protection police.
Forklift truck driver Mathew Ian Race, 40, of Station Road, Bamber Bridge, was traced by officers after the offending HTC was discovered by a group of horrified teenage girls.
Prosecuting, David Clarke told Preston Crown Court the origins of the police investigation were “quite unusual”.
The court heard the group of teenage girls managed to get into the phone and discovered the horrific images.
One girl alerted her mother, who then contacted Lancashire Police.
A subsequent probe uncovered more than 13,000 images on this, and a second, phone.
Mr Clarke said: “ Officers from the Online Child Investigation Team went to his home on Station Road, where he lives alone. He readily accepted at the scene he had lost his mobile on a bus.
“Police seized a number of electronic articles at the time. He also handed over a Huawei mobile phone.”
The court heard some images and involved ‘activity’ with girls aged as young as five, as well as video clips.
In an interview, Race said he had sourced images from website and it had gradually “become a habit in his life”.
He said he made a point of keeping his phone away from his nephews and nieces who visited from time to time, and he explained he’d had the first phone – the HTC – for four or five years.
Mr Clarke added: “ He accepted he’d developed an uncontrollable habit.”
Race admits possessing indecent photographs and three counts of making them, with 280 images at category A – the most serious in law – 209 at category B and 12,449 at Category C.
Recorder Michael Murray imposed eight months, suspended for two years, 120 hours unpaid work, and a three year sexual harm order.
He said: “There’s clearly a cycle of abuse which has physical, psychological, and sexual repercussions for the children involved.”
Pervert had 13,000 indecent images of kids
A man who had tens of thousands of images of child abuse is expected to be sentenced today.
Mathew Ian Race, of Station Road, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, was charged with making – downloading – 280 indecent images deemed category A – the most serious in law – with 209 pictures at category B and 12,449 images at category C
It is understood the offences date back as far as January 2003, up until 2018.
The 40-year-old defendant also admits possessing 12,938 indecent images of a child in Bamber Bridge last June.
He will appear before Preston Crown Court.