(CMR) Today was a victorious day for some victims of sexual assault – knowing that even after many years they can still have some sliver of hope for justice to be served. Bill Cosby was FINALLY sentenced.
The Cayman Islands are moving ever so slowly with victims’ rights and advocacy. Yet, we still live in a community that is prepared to question the motives of victims and advocates over that of the offenders. Will this ever change? We can only hope so.
Today we are prepared to display a small sample of the letters and messages we have received from a variety of women in the Cayman Islands about a prolific child predator – Matthew Leslie over the past two years. By finally exposing him we can expect to be ridiculed and made fun of and accused of another witch hunt against a man that enjoyed total immunity from all of his actions.
In spite of that, we will continue to charge the cause for young victims – often afraid and voiceless. The best way to allow their message to be understood is to through the visuals discussions, posts and private messages. These are often messages sent to us between him and his young victims, their parents and a letter sent just today. There are a plethora more where there came from hence the term prolific.
People need to inquire about the allegation surrounding his departure from the RCIPS under a cloud of suspicion regarding female inmates in custody. People need to inquire about his criminal record left behind in Texas. Finally, we would be hopeful that a proper police forensic investigation could be undertaken of all his social media accounts and computer hard drives/phones.
Victims are afraid of going to the police because the man enjoys social media immunity and a sheep followers mentality. People defend him against their better judgment until one day when it’s their daughter’s turn. No one has been prepared to call a spade a spade – until now!
Dear Cayman Marl Road,
I would like to thank you for your ongoing exposes on Matthew Leslie. I have read his various Facebook responses attempting to play the victim and make you look like an obsessed bully. I’ve also been surprised by his level of continued support from people who willfully choose to be blind.
I realize that the majority of people are still unaware of the real elephant in the room. Matthew, in my opinion, is one of Cayman’s biggest child groomers.
His prevalence has been ignored by so many in our community that I now know that something is truly wrong with the people on that beautiful island. My home is an island of make-believe where people would rather believe that you are the monster for exposing him than he is the monster for doing all of the things that he does.
You have presented evidence of his behavior and lies and no one is willing to address those. Instead, they want to question your motives. Make you sound like the person who is doing something wrong. Talk about shooting the messenger! Not only do we shoot the messenger but we put him the pervert on a pedestal.
This is precisely why victims will not come forward and go to the police. The people of those islands should be ashamed for making him believe that he is now so insulated from the legal arm of the law that anything he says and does can be easily explained away. This is devastating to the people that have been harmed by him.
When I was 15 years old Matthew contacted me and offered me money for sexual favors. He wanted me to send him photos of my breast and that was just the beginning. His late-night messages were disgusting. He prowls social media including FB and IG and will DM people to see if they would take the bait. He will troll Facebook accounts and his thousands of “friends” to search for potential victims. He searches for any sign of perceived vulnerability. A girl having a bad relationship or even the death of a friend. These are seen as opportunities for him to make a move for his own self-serving plans.
Girls who are desperate for jobs or come from broken relationships. He reaches out in hopes of getting you at a vulnerable time in your life and then the conversation quickly changes from being concerned about you to what you can do for him. If a young girl has the decency and fortitude to put him in his place all of a sudden, he becomes the victim – then is “a harmless big teddy bear”. The same words and tactics are used over and over again on countless girls.
Thankfully I was not desperate for money and had much higher self-esteem than some so I turned him down. However, his messages were unrelenting and even after I told him to stop he continued and years after would attempt to pick up the conversation yet again. Once I was an adult and “legal” he felt he could easily make his approach yet again.
Many of my peers also experienced the same thing. He has placed himself in the promotions business in order to be around young, naïve girls – who can easily be plied full of alcohol and ripe to be taken advantage of. Events like Mardi Gras, nightclubs and even his annual NYE parties. Parents and young girls need to be warned of his MO and how he operates.
Taking girls out on a boat and in secluded areas around the island where they feel pressured into doing something.
Most are too embarrassed and ashamed to come forward and tell, but we have talked amongst each other. Girls need to be aware. The people I see jumping on his social media page who accept this fake image that he has created need to be aware. He’s a predator of the worse kind and will lie and deceive you into thinking all the girls are the problem.
I thank you for the exposure that you have done so far and despite what people may say about CMR the outcry against this guy has not been what I would have expected. I think the people there do not really care about their children as much as they claim.
Sorrowful for our children