SIGN UP for our newsletter ✉️ :

Get the latest stories delivered straight to you

Paedophile who judge allowed to go on holiday is jailed for 15 years

Paedophile Matthew Thompson, 48, was given permission to go on a two-week holiday in Greece. (SWNS)
Paedophile Matthew Thompson, 48, was given permission to go on a two-week holiday in Greece. (SWNS) (West Yorkshire Police / SWNS.COM)

A paedophile who was told by a judge he could go on a Greek holiday while on bail has been jailed for more than 15 years.

Matthew Thompson, 48, was given permission by Judge Jonathan Gibson to go on a two-week trip to the island of Kos despite admitting to sexually assaulting two girls.

Lorry driver Thompson was told to sign the sex offenders' register before he flew out in October and report to police when he returned, according to the BBC.

The holiday abroad was not mentioned during his sentence hearing at Bradford Crown Court on Friday, and it is understood he never went on the vacation.

Read more: Pensioner, 79, sexually assaults paramedics twice in four weeks

bradford, west yorkshire, united kingdom - 28 may 2019: a view of exchange square in bradford west yorkshire with the crown court building surrounded by trees
Thompson was jailed at Bradford Crown Court. (Getty) (Philip Openshaw via Getty Images)

Thompson’s offending, which dates back almost a decade and took place in West Yorkshire, involved two girls who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Prosecutor David McGonigal said Thompson had used a sex toy, a vibrator on one girl and repeatedly had sex with the second after he’d given her alcohol and drugs.

The judge, recorder James Baird heard moving victim impact statements, read out by Mr McGonigal, in which the complainants described the devastating effects of the abuse on them.

Recorder Baird said Thompson, who has previous convictions for sexual offences, was described in a pre-sentence report as “a predatory male with a sexual interest in children”.

He said Thompson had been hiding that interest over the period of the abuse and had been preying on two vulnerable young girls.

The judge added that Thompson had started by bullying and grooming his first victim to satisfy his sexual desires.

Read more: Police hunt couple dressed as Batman and Joker after city centre assault

Recorder Baird said: “You would give her money to curry favour with her and if she did not do what she was told to do she would be punished.”

Thompson, of Bentham Drive in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to assaulting a child under 13 by penetration, sexual assault of a child, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child.

Thompson, who now has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, was jailed for a total of 15 years and 10 months.

The judge added an extra year of prison licence onto his sentence because he was classed as “an offender of particular concern”.

Barrister Gillian Batts, for Thompson, said it was very rare for a defendant facing such allegations to enter guilty pleas.

She added: “It is an acknowledgement from the defendant, by virtue of his guilty pleas, that these things happened and the victims are telling the truth about what happened to them.

“The victims did not have to give evidence and did not have to go through the process of being cross-examined and inevitably being called liars.”