May 2016

Jail for Torquay child sex offender

A CONVICTED child sex offender has been jailed after police found a hard drive containing indecent images under his bed.

Mark Turner, 31, was sent to prison for 42 weeks by a judge at Exeter Crown Court and given an order banning him from unsupervised contact with boys.

Turner, of South Street, Torquay was found in possession of dozens of indecent images of children.

He admitted four counts of making indecent photos of children.

The court was told that police searched his house on July 10 last year and found a hard drive from a discarded desktop computer under his bed.

When it was analysed it was found to contain 30 Category A images, six Category B photos, and 31 category C photos. The courts classify Category A as the most extreme.

In 2007 Turner was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 13.

Barry White, mitigating, said Turner had not had ‘not had a terribly happy young life’.

The court was told the defendant had previously been on a course designed to stop his reoffending and was not suitable to do it again.

Recorder Martin Meeke QC said: “The images were discovered when police searched the address where you were living. There is a significant aggravating factor that in 2007 you were convicted of an offence of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

“I’ve considered the pre-sentence report but it does not give me the option of making you subject of some order involving you being treated as you were subject of a programme requirement in 2007 for three years.”

Turner was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last 10 years.

June 2007

Victim of pervert told mum by text

A nine-year-old boy got so upset after a man exposed himself that he texted a cry for help from his bedroom.

The victim had gone to bed but sent the phone message to his mother as she watched TV downstairs.

She found him sobbing and he revealed that 18 months earlier, Mark Turner had shown him his private parts after first luring him into a house.

Turner, aged 22, of Tallow Hill, Worcester, pleaded guilty to inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity.

He was given a three-year community order and banned from working with children or contacting them upsupervised. He must also sign on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

The boy was playing in a Worcester street when the defendant called him over and invited him into a house to watch DVDs, said Gareth Walters, prosecuting.

They watched one film before Turner undid his own trouser zip in a bedroom and exposed himself.

He asked the boy to do the same but he refused, Worcester Crown Court heard.

After the victim texted his mother on January 20, Turner was arrested.

He regretted what he had done but insisted he did not do it for sexual gratification.

Andrew Davisdon, defending, said Turner was confused about his own sexuality but was getting therapy.

He said custody would not have dealt with the root cause of the offence.

Judge Richard Rundell told Turner: “What you did was a wicked thing and terrified that little boy so he bottled it up for 18 months.”

But he agreed the defendant needed help and also pointed out that the jails were at bursting point.