December 2019

Pervert, 33, caught with vile child abuse images after losing his job

Pervert Matthew Corcoran started looking at indecent photographs of children after losing his job

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the 33-year-old ‘sought solace’ online when he subsequently lost his job.

Corcoran later deleted the images from his tablet but – some time afterwards – police investigating a separate matter seized his devices and uncovered evidence of the illegal photographs and videos.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: “Police had cause to attend the defendant’s home address with regard to an unrelated matter which has not been proceeded with. While they were there, a Lenovo tablet was recovered. From a memory card police were able to extract indecent images of children.”

The court heard there were 2,095 still and moving images recovered. They were dated between November 2015 and March 2018

When Corcoran, of Ashfield Square, Berryhill, was interviewed by police he refused to answer questions, but went on to plead guilty to possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Magistrates handed Corcoran a two-year community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 120 hours unpaid work.

He must complete a program for sex offenders and a five-year sexual harm prevention order was made, which controls Corcoran’s internet use and contact with children.

He will be subject to the notification requirement of the Sex Offenders Register for five years. Magistrates also ordered the defendant to pay £185 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.