May 2021

Horsham paedophile Mark Grindon, AKA Eddie Gardener is jailed

A depraved pervert who kept children’s leotards in his home to indulge his sick fantasies was back in court for possessing horrific child sexual abuse images.

Mark Grindon had nearly 47,000 indecent images of children and images of extreme pornography including bestiality at his home near Horsham.

He had been ordered not to keep computer devices without monitoring software after his earlier convictions.

Previously, The Argus revealed how the pervert had an interest in girls wearing ballet costumes.

He sought out social media profiles of young girls, aged between 11 and 15, from across the country.

His first conviction was in 2016, but a later search at his home found he had stashed items behind a false shelf in his bathroom, including camera phones, a GoPro camera, a girl’s leotard, a camcorder, and a child sex doll.

Now the unemployed 37-year-old was back in court where it was revealed he was using the alias Eddie Gardener on an online dating site to contact with women who have children.

He was sent back to prison for 13 months for admitting possession of 46,986 indecent images, breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and breaching the notification requirements of being a registered sex offender.

Police said his latest sentencing followed a time-consuming forensic examination of Grindon’s digital devices, seized when he was arrested in 2019.

It resulted in the discovery of the indecent images and his further sentencing.

In November 2016 Grindon had first been convicted at Chichester Crown Court of making indecent images of children.

He was given a suspended prison sentence and as well as being a registered sex offender, he was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), severely restricting his contact with children and computers and requiring him to clear any such contact with supervising police officers.

Police said checks showed he had looked at more than 30 girls on Instagram, mainly wearing ballet or leotard outfits, but there was no evidence he had contacted the girls.

Grindon, of Swallowfield Close, Mannings Heath, near Horsham, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on May 17 to 13 months in prison.

April 2021

Mannings Heath paedophile Mark Grindon admits charges in court

A convicted paedophile has appeared in court where it was revealed he had stored nearly 50,000 indecent images of children.

Mark Grindon admitted seven counts relating to possession of sick sexual abuse images at Mannings Heath near Horsham.

The 37-year-old was already convicted of similar offences in 2014 and Chichester Crown Court ordered him not to possess devices capable of viewing the internet without being monitored by the police.

But Grindon created an alias without notifying the police, breaking his obligations under the sex offenders register.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court it was revealed Grindon had possession of a further 46,000 indecent images of children.

The paedophile also had category A images depicting the most depraved kinds of sexual abuse and torture of children among his collection which also included extreme pornographic files depicting sex with an unknown live animal.

It was revealed that the animal sex scenes were “grossly offensive, disgusting, or otherwise of an obscene character”.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, told the court the offences are so serious that the case must be sent to the crown court for sentence.

The charges included breaching a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), breaching a notification requirement under the Sex Offenders Register, three charges of making indecent images of children, one charge of possessing indecent images of children, and one charge of possessing extreme pornography. All the charges were admitted.

Grindon, currently of HMP Lewes, now faces sentence on May 17.

The pervert avoided prison in 2016 after he was found guilty of making (downloading) indecent images of children

In 2019, he was jailed after he breached his SOPO by following the profiles of young girls on Instagram, aged between 11 and 15. Grindon ignored warnings not to use computers by spying on young girls online.

When police searched his home they found a hidden compartment behind a false shelf in his bathroom where he kept young girl’s leotards. It also contained camera phones, a GoPro camera, and a camcorder.

December 2019

Pervert breached court orders

Pervert kept girl’s leotards in a hidden compartment of his home to indulge his sick child abuse fantasies.

Mark Grindon ignored warnings not to use computers by spying on young girls online.

He was previously convicted of making indecent images of children and was given a suspended prison sentence.

The unemployed 36-year-old, of Mannings Heath near Horsham, was put on the sex offenders’ register and under a sexual harm prevention order.

It was meant to stop him having access to children and access to computer software capable of downloading the sick images.

But Grindon, pictured, breached the order by following the profiles of young girls on Instagram, aged between 11 and 15. He liked images of the girls in ballet costumes, it was revealed.

When police searched his home they found the hidden compartment behind a false shelf in his bathroom. It also contained camera phones, a GoPro camera, and a camcorder.

At Guildford Crown Court Grindon was jailed for 18 months, and will now remain on the sex offenders’ register and sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

The new restrictions will also stop Grindon, of Swallowfield Close, from accessing social media without the supervision of police. Officers said it shows sex offenders are “robustly” monitored and breaches are enforcers

November 2016

Pervert avoids prison over indecent images

A pervert has avoided a prison sentence after he was found guilty of making (downloading) indecent images of children

Mark Ashley Grindon, 33 of Mannings Heath, Horsham was found guilty of six counts of making and possessing indecent images of children which covered all three categories of indecency.

Grindon was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment which was suspended for 2 years

He was told he must register as a sex offender for 10 years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) was put in place to restrict his contact with any person aged under 16 years old.