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Barnardo's responds to the sentencing of paedophile Matthew Falder

Release Date: 19 Feb 2018

Barnardo's has responded to the sentencing of paedophile Matthew Falder, jailed for 32 years today after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail.

Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder's crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but escalated.

He said the Cambridge graduate would spend a further six years on licence after his release from prison.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said:

This sentence sends a message to paedophiles that they will pay for their crimes while, hopefully giving other child abuse victims the confidence to come forward and seek justice.

This shocking case highlights how this prolific paedophile was able to persuade a 14 year old boy to rape another child without physically being present, showing how the internet can facilitate child sexual abuse.

Barnardo’s wants to encourage parents to talk to their children about the potential dangers online and know what new apps they’re using and which websites they’re visiting, so they can help keep them safe.

Barnardo’s also wants tech companies to sign up to an online code of practice to protect children, incorporate safety features when designing products and take action as soon as abuse becomes flagged.  

Children and young people need to know how to report abuse through age appropriate relationships and sex education.

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