Paedophile sexually abused 2-year-old boy and took indecent images of girl, 4
THE mother of a four-year-old Crawley girl who a “depraved” paedophile took indecent photographs of before sharing them online with other perverted men is “disgusted” that he has only been jailed for five years.
Mark Lloyd committed sex acts on a two-year-old boy, took indecent images of young Crawley children and distributed these images while engaging in lewd conversations with other paedophiles on Twitter.
The 41-year-old was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court last Friday having previously pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child, three of making indecent images of children, three of taking indecent images of children and two of distributing indecent images.
The mum of one of his victims said she “felt sick” when she heard he had only been given a five-year sentence and argued his punishment does not fit his crimes.
The woman, from Maidenbower, who legally cannot be identified, said: “It is an absolute joke. When I heard the sentence I felt like I wanted to be sick. He did this to my four-year-old, my baby, and I can’t believe he will now be out of prison within a matter of a few years.
“How is that right? I cannot sleep at night thinking about what he has done.”
The court heard police became aware of Lloyd earlier this year after disturbing Twitter accounts were identified.
Lee Harris, prosecuting, said: “Matters came to light when police were made aware of two Twitter accounts for distributing indecent images of children.
“The first account was created on May 19 last year and ran until February 15 this year, while the second ran from July 3 to August 5 after the first account was closed by Twitter.
“As well as images being distributed there were lewd conversations of a sexual nature about children.”
The court heard among the photographs found online were images of girls aged four and 12.
During their enquiries police found out who the girls were and made contact with their “shocked” parents.
Mr Harris added: “Lloyd was detained by police at his place of work. He said to officers ‘yes, yes, yes I’ve been silly’ and made comments to the effect of ‘I may look but don’t play’.
“His phone was seized and a number of indecent images were found.
“There were 122 category A [the most serious] images, including six movie files, 149 category B images, including four movie files, and 450 category C images.”
The court was told Lloyd had used a messaging account on his phone to share images as well as sharing them online.
Mr Harris said a series of images of Lloyd carrying out sex acts on a two-year-old boy were also found on the phone.
In mitigation, Jeffrey Lamb, Lloyd’s defence barrister, said his client had “fantasies” about young children.
Mr Lamb said: “Lloyd is deeply remorseful and feels shame for committing these offences. He remains in a close family bond, with his mother and brother, who are shocked but standing by him.
“The only explanation he can give for what he did in this period is that he had been using cannabis for many years and that there was a serious escalation in this which led to financial stresses.
“He became stuck in a downward spiral of this depraved activity. They started off purely as fantasies. He located these images and admits he could not control his urges.”
Judge Stephen Climie ordered Lloyd’s phone be destroyed and enforced a sexual harm prevention order to run for 10 years.
He said: “Your obsession is with both having and taking indecent images of young children but also sexual activity with children.
“You distributed these images to others and the discussions you were having online were of a depraved and perverted nature.”
Lloyd, from Stan Hill, Charlwood, has also been ordered to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register.