A teacher at a school once attended by Prince George and Princess Charlotte faces jail time for child molestation.
Matthew Smith, 35, has admitted to 22 charges after his arrest in November.
Smith, who became Assistant Director of Chaplaincy at Thomas’s Preparatory School in Battersea, South Londonlast September, appeared at Southwark Crown Court today.
He admitted to encouraging the rape of children under the age of 13 and arranging for their sexual abuse Childrenamong other things.
The disgraced teacher was also found with over 120,000 indecent pictures of children.
None of the charges related to the Schoolwhich the two young royals left when they moved to Windsor with the Prince and Princess of Wales in August.
Instead, the heinous crimes involved child abuse India over the internet between 2017 and 2022, which Smith has admitted to paying teenagers to perform and directing them to perform.
At that time he was working as a teacher in Nepalwhich borders India to the north.
Shockingly, he worked in orphanages across India for seven years.
He used that social media App Telegram to receive and share the hideous images involving children from the age of seven.
National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators identified Smith through posts on the dark web.
At the time of his arrest, he was online soliciting a teenager to film and molest a child for money.
Chat logs show that he explained to older boys how to commit the fouls, including sending photos and videos of the demonstration.
He also advised them on how to befriend and gain their trust with vulnerable children.
However, there is no evidence that he abused children in Nepal or the UK.
Helen Dore, senior officer at the NCA, said: “Matthew Smith was a high-risk individual and we acted quickly to locate, arrest and remand him so he could no longer pose a threat to children.”
“Ultimately, we were able to prove that he was a prolific abuser who manipulated young men into sexually abusing children on his behalf by providing them with detailed instructions and a financial reward.
“While Smith was committing his offences, he was working in a school in Nepal and then became an assistant principal and chaplaincy director in the UK. His crimes therefore represent a deep betrayal of the trust placed in him.”
A school spokesman declined to comment on the ongoing procedures but said: “The safety and welfare of our students is and will remain our top priority.”