A paedophile who was found with more than 8,000 indecent images of children, and posed as a teenage boy to encourage young girls to send indecent images to him, has been jailed.
Matthew Toms, of Dalmatia Road, Southend, contacted two girls on Instagram while posing as a teenager from Scotland and sent them indecent images between May and June last year.
When it became clear he wasn’t who he claimed to be, it was reported to police and he was arrested.
While on bail he was visited in October by the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders team (MOSOVO), to ensure he was sticking to the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
During this visit Toms disclosed to officers he a hard drive hidden in his bedroom which contained thousands of indecent images and videos of children and he was further arrested.
When these images and videos were analysed, it was established that he taken some of them himself.
He was then arrested for a third time when officers found two memory cards in his bedroom when carrying out a search at his home in January, breaching the conditions of SHPO.
The 41 year-old was charged with voyeurism, breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making indecent images of children, engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child, and engaging in sexual communication with a child.
He admitted the offences and at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday July 22 and was jailed for six years with a further five on licence.
He was also made subject of a lifetime SHPO.
Detective Inspector Nathan Hutchinson, from MOSOVO, said: “Matthew Toms is clearly a danger to children and poses a risk to their safety.”