Saturday 22 September 2018

Father of victim of Matthew Horan doesn't believe paedophile can be rehabilitated

Matthew Horan
THIS IMAGE IS OWNED BY INDEPENDENT NEWS & MEDIA.
ANY UNAUTHORISED USE IS BREACH OF COPYRIGHT
Matthew Horan THIS IMAGE IS OWNED BY INDEPENDENT NEWS & MEDIA. ANY UNAUTHORISED USE IS BREACH OF COPYRIGHT

Sean Nolan

The father of one of the victims of convicted paedophile Matthew Horan has said he doesn't believe he can be rehabilitated.

In a statement read out on RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline today, the man also called for attacks on the Horan family home to cease.

"As a parent of one of the children Matthew Horan preyed upon I agree with the caller on Friday that didn't believe paedophiles can be rehabilitated," the statement read.

"He was caught twice more after the first time he was arrested and in my opinion his behaviour was escalating.

"As for the autism spectrum defence I don't accept it, as he was very clever and calculating in how he got his victims to do what he wanted them to do. This is a very manipulative person who knew exactly how to get these children to do what he wanted."

The unnamed man went on to call for attacks on the family home of Matthew Horan to cease.

"To those people that are targeting the home of Matthew Horan’s father I urge them to stop this immediately, as they are not doing any good - certainly not in our name, as this man has not been found guilty of any crime, and must be going through enough turmoil in his brain, as I am today."

Matthew Horan (26) admitted coercing young children into sending him sexually graphic images on social media and was described as an “inadequate” individual by the presiding judge.

He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after admitting to using Instagram, Kik, Snapchat and other social media to target the young girls as well as communicate with other depraved individuals.

In the statement, the father of the victim also spoke of his 'guilt' over the incident.

"I've read many times about these things happening to children and now it's happened to our child. The anger I felt towards what I thought was a 13 year old boy turned to guilt that I didn't do enough to protect her from a grown man even though I checked what she was doing online regularly."

The statement concluded with a thank you to the gardai and a declaration of pride in his daughter for her disussions with gardai to to help stop Horan.

"To the guards that spoke to me over the last two years I want to say thank you for all you have done, as to catch people like Matthew Horan all this material has to be looked at. This is an incredible thing to have to do and go home to a normal life. RESPECT to all of you for your dedication.

"Finally I would like to say how proud we are of our daughter who spoke intimately with specialist guards in the hope that this would help stop him doing it to anybody else which for the next few years at least it will.

"Sadly there are other Matthew Horan’s out there and more needs to be done with social media to stop them."

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News