UK.-Dr. Mattew Falder lived a double-life. The 28-year old held down a longterm relationship, gainful employment, and a seemingly normal life. However, he spent 7 years with a disgusting hobby before finally being caught.
The scientist, geophysicist, used GumTree, an online ad service similar to Craigslist, to lure his victims into his sadistic web. Falder posed as a young female artist in search of nude models to sketch.
He then took their information and using social media he then tracked down personal information to use as blackmail to force the men, women, and children into doing horrifying and disgusting acts.
So far, investigators have located roughly 50 people who fell victim to Falder’s depravity, the youngest being just 13-years old. He threatened to expose their nude photos to family, co-worker, neighbors, and friends if they did not record themselves meeting his demands.
He would then later upload those video on the ‘dark web’ under various screen names for other degenerates to watch. One woman was forced to record herself licking a dirty toilet seat. Fadler even convinced a man to film himself raping a 4-year-old boy.
Falder was arrested at Birmingham University where he worked as a post-doctoral researcher.
During a long investigation by the National Crime Agency, investigators found that Falder had installed secret cameras to spy on more victims in compromising situations.
Clever as he was, he had inadvertently filmed himself while setting up the hidden cameras.
Matt Sutton, the NCA senior investigating officer, said: “In 30 years of law enforcement I have never come across such horrifying offending where the offender’s sole aim was to cause such pain and distress.
“It has been an extremely complex investigation into a prolific online predator, who over several years believed he could evade law enforcement to sexually and sadistically exploit vulnerable victims.
“I urge anyone who is being abused online to talk to somebody, report it. There is help available.”
A GCHQ spokesperson said: “GCHQ is proud to have supported The National Crime Agency in this investigation.
“Working to counter this kind of terrible child sexual exploitation is an important part of our mission to help keep the UK safe online and protect the digital homeland.”
A University of Cambridge spokesperson confirmed Falder was a student between 2007 and 2016 and said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the case.
Falder will be sentenced on 7 December and is expected to be given a long jail term.