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Stansted man Matthew Hyam jailed for child porn offences and for filming nine women and girls




A Stansted man who admitted child pornography offences after police discovered more than 3,500 images and videos has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Matthew Hyam, 48, was convicted of four counts of taking indecent images of children, five counts of voyeurism and three of making indecent images of children.

He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday (September 6) after admitting the charges at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on June 14. He will be on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

Matthew Hyam (50957812)
Matthew Hyam (50957812)

Officers from the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) carried out a warrant in Sunnyside, Stansted, in July 2020 after receiving information that the internet at an address in the street was being used to access indecent images of children.

During forensic searches of the devices seized, more than 3,500 images and videos of child abuse were found. Hyam – the only person living at the address at the time – was arrested.

Essex Police officers also found videos of nine girls and women taken by Hyam over a number of years. The victims were later identified and confirmed they were unaware they had been filmed.

Investigating officer Det Con Jodie Kinsley, from POLIT, said: "Matthew Hyam was a trusted member of the community so I know that this news will be difficult for many.

"Please be reassured that all involved have been identified and have been safeguarded and supported throughout the investigation.

"Not only did Hyam access thousands of materials of child abuse, he filmed his victims using hidden cameras for his own gratification, without a second thought for the distressing impact it would have on them.

"I'd like to give a clear message to anyone that hides behind their profile online or thinks they can continue to behave in this way unnoticed: Everything you do leaves a trace. We will find you and we will bring you to justice."

Det Insp Jo Collins, who leads POLIT, said: "This result is a testament to the continued hard work of my team.

"Every day they are committed to trawling through the internet, and some of the most disturbing online platforms, to decipher where images and videos of child abuse are being uploaded and shared to help keep your children safe.

"There's a person at the heart of every image and video, and anyone who takes, views or shares these materials exploits that victim time and time again.

"In this particular case, it was the proactive work of my team that uncovered Hyam's behaviour and it will prevent him from taking advantage of any further women and girls.

"We know these are worrying offences and if anyone has any concerns I would urge them to contact us.

"No matter who the individual is, our team will investigate and seek to charge anyone who exploits young and vulnerable people."

Report offences online at www.essex.police.uk or call 101. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a UK-wide child protection charity focused solely on preventing child sexual abuse. It runs Stop it Now! – a child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline. For more information see www.stopitnow.org.uk.



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