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Jail for vile Cambridge graduate who encouraged rape of two-year-old boy

A Cambridge graduate who prowled the internet blackmailing young victims into degrading sexual and physical acts has been jailed.

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder forced one of his victims to lick a used tampon and had another lick a toilet and eat dog food.

The 29-year-old who now lives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, also targeted anorexic teenagers, posing on the internet as a female artist offering them money for images and encouraged the rape of children as young as two.

Falder, who was pleaded guilty to 137 offences against 46 victims, over eight years, was jailed for 32 years at Birmingham Crown Court today (February 19).

When police arrested Cambridge graduate Falder and reeled off the offences, he quipped it sounded "like the rap-sheet from hell".

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Falder also placed covert devices in washrooms, and fitted cameras at his parents' Manchester house and their holiday home in Wales.

Matthew Falder

The geophysicist who was a 'VIP member' of sexual abuse forums on the dark web, shared the horrific images with other paedophiles online.

Cambridge University has previously said it was "shocked and saddened" to hear one of its graduates blackmailed and exploited children while he was a student.

Falder contacted 300 people in this way through their online advertisements on sites like Gumtree but if they agreed, "predatory, serial offender" Falder would blackmail them with a "constant stream" of increasingly depraved requests.

'Increasingly severe self-generated indecent images'

During the case opening at Birmingham Crown Court on February 7, Ruona Iguyovwe said Falder enticed his victims "to produce increasingly severe self-generated indecent images of themselves, the focus of these images being to humiliate and degrade the victims".

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Falder, 29, of Edgbaston, was only snared after an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and help from GCHQ, along with international cooperation from the FBI, and law enforcement in Israel, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand.

He had previously admitted 137 charges against 48 victims, in offending stretching over eight years, until 2017.

Hiding in plain sight

Falder hid behind pseudonyms includidng "666devil" and "evilmind" harrassed his victims and warned to the only send images that woukd make him happy.

Controlling Falder, who never met his victims, distributed the images on websites known to be associated with paedophiles and those interested in "hurtcore" – described as material which depicts rape and abuse.

When some victims threatened to tell parents or police, "sophisticated" Falder simply bragged "I can't be caught".

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He used anonymous email accounts and online connection software Tor, to cover his tracks.

Falder, who also quizzed victims for personal details, and scoured their Facebook pages, gained the confidence of others by sending naked images extracted from previous victims, and pretending they were him.

"I feel dirty, like used goods"

Describing the impact of Falder's actions, one of his victims told the court: "I feel dirty, like used goods."

In an emotional statement, the victim added the ordeal had triggered the breakdown of relationships with her parents and boyfriend, and forced her to leave home.

"Part of me believes that's all I am good for anymore – to be abused," she said.

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