Berenice Mulvanny successfully prosecutes sex offender in undercover operation
22nd December 2020
3PB’s specialist criminal law barrister Berenice MulvannyBerenice MulvannyCall: 2009 (pictured here) successfully prosecuted Matthew Millen for attempting to pay for the sexual services of an 11-year-old girl.
Former Bank of England employee, Matthew Millen, was found guilty of attempting to pay for the sexual services of a child. Millen had arranged payment with what he believed to be the 11-year old’s father, who he anticipated also being present during the criminal act.
The trial involved the undercover operative anonymously giving evidence to the Jury and extensive phone records. The Defendant maintained that he had been a paedophile hunter, a defence the Jury rejected.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Colin Haynes of SEROCU, said: “This was a particularly distressing case where Millen thought he was paying for the sexual services of a child that was only 11 years old.”
“During the trial, Millen said he was attempting to expose other people involved in sexual exploitation, this was seen as a fabrication by the jury and he has been found guilty of these offenses himself.”
“This shows the lengths of depravity that Millen would go to in an attempt to conduct child sex abuse.”
“This was a successful pro-active operation led by South East Regional Crime Unit officers, who have worked tirelessly to ensure Millen would be brought to justice.”
This also featured in The Daily Echo, the article can be read here.