A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13.
Mathew Law from London was found guilty today at Bristol Crown Court following a two week trial. He is the eighth person to be convicted as part of a wider investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Law initially started communicating with a prominent member of the paedophile ring (Christopher Knight), he used encrypted communication including TOR and the dark web. One of the men had access to a seven-month old baby, and the group began to plan how they could meet in person to sexually abuse the boy.
Over a period of months, Law’s relationship with the gang grew and he became an integral member of the group making plans to meet up and abuse the baby boy.
The group believed they were under the radar of law enforcement and continued to communicate using more regular lines of communication, such as phone calls, texts and Skype messaging. This enabled officers to link them together and unravel their plans.
Luke Phillips from the NCA said:
“Mathew Law is the eighth individual to be jailed since this investigation began in 2014.
“Today’s conviction shows how determined the NCA is in its fight against those with a sexual interest in children and will leave no stone unturned in the relentless pursuit of offenders.
“If you are engaging with people online and watching and, or sharing indecent images of children, you will be identified and brought to justice.”
Law was remanded into custody to be sentenced at a later date.
Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.