Convicted sex offender working at under-18s disco
A nightclub doorman who was barred from the profession after he was convicted of child sex offences was found working on the door of an under-18s disco.
Matthew Corbett, 29, a former soldier who served in Iraq, was convicted in 2009 of downloading child porn, inciting a child to take part in sexual activity and arranging a child sex offence after he contacted a young girl in an internet chatroom.
The judge in the case accepted his offences were not sexually motivated and he committed them to frame a family member for "revenge" while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. But the conviction meant Corbett was automatically banned from obtaining a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence, which he needed to work as a doorman.
Corbett, of Gospel Oak Road, Coventry, then took a job with A1 Protection Services.
Intelligence was sent to the SIA about Corbett working as a doorman without a licence and an investigation found he had been working in Sleaford as well as premises in other areas of the country. He was also found working as security at an under-18s disco.
During a hearing at Coventry Magistrates' Court on August 14, he was given a community service order, told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of nearly £6,000.
Nathan Salmon, SIA head of investigation, said: "This case is a clear example of how, due to previous convictions, an individual would not have passed the rigorous checks carried out by the SIA to work in the private security industry.
"Once the intelligence was received, SIA investigators moved quickly to ensure Mr Corbett worked at no future events.
"We are pleased that we were able to act on information we received and use our powers under the law to remove this individual from working in a licensable role, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to protecting the public."
In 2009, Corbett admitted downloading 2,627 images and 18 movies between November 1, 2007, and February 15, 2008, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and arranging or facilitating to commit a child sex offence.
The judge described the case as "unique" and had been persuaded by medical evidence that Corbett's claim there was no sexual motivation was "probably right".
To obtain an SIA licence, an applicant has to pass criminal checks and have had relevant training.
Mental health issues of applicants are also taken into account by the authority before granting a licence.
A1 Protection Services were unavailable for comment.