August 2020

Pervert jailed after swapping horrific images of children for second time

A now three time convicted paedophile who is obsessed with baby rape images has been jailed for the second time for sharing horrific images of child sexual abuse.

Mark Robinson downloaded the indecent pictures – many of which were in the most severe category – 10 years after being convicted of the same crime.

The 39-year-old was being monitored, but used a mobile phone in a bid to cover his tracks, Teesside Crown Court heard on Thursday.

He also used two aliases, thereby breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

Back in 2009, Robinson was given a nine-month prison sentence and made the subject of a protective order after almost 9,000 pictures and movies – some of babies being abused – were found on his computer.

He appeared again at Teesside Crown Court last September after breaching the order during a five-year relationship with a woman with a child.

He failed to tell the mother of his past, or the authorities of the relationship – which ended when the truth finally came out.

Robinson was spared jail by Judge Deborah Sherwin on that occasion and made the subject of a community order with rehabilitation activity requirements.

But on Thursday, when he appeared before the same judge, she said she had been “lenient” last year and noted that within “a very short time of that order being made, he seems to be uploading images of the worst kind and covering his tracks”.

Robinson, of Lowther Drive, Darlington, pleaded guilty to three charges of downloading indecent images of children after being caught in August.

He also admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order by failing to comply with the notification requirements and breaching the community order.

Speaking via videolink from Durham Prison, Robinson told the court: “It was due to the breakdown of that relationship which put me back into a bad place and I suffered mentally with that.”

He said, due to the current situation, he was being locked up for 23 hours a day.

The judge told him: “It’s regrettable in these circumstances that you came to commit these offences.

“I understand you will have been devastated by the loss of the relationship.”

But she added she had no alternative but to pass an immediate prison sentence and jailed him for 40 months.

August 2019

Darlington man was convicted of downloading indecent pictures of babies

A pervert who was convicted of swapping indecent images of babies is back in court after breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Mark Robinson, 37, was handed the court order and a nine month prison sentence after almost 9,000 pictures and movies – some of babies being abused – were found on his computer.

It was revealed in court 10 years ago that Robinson fantasied about abusing young children and discussed with others online that he wanted to assault a 10-year-old.

He was banned from working with children for life and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

But a decade later Robinson appeared at Teesside Crown Court for the second time after breaching the court order by having a relationship with a woman with a young child.

Joelyn Perks, prosecuting, said: “An order was made in 2009. It came to the attention of the police that from April 2014, he engaged in a relationship with a woman who had a young child.

“She engaged in a relationship with him and was not aware of the sexual harm prevention order. He was looking after the child while she was at the gym and would reside with them every other weekend.”

The court heard Robinson, of Lowther Drive, Darlington, was being regularly monitored but Judge Deborah

Sherwin said more information was needed before making a decision whether to pass a custodial sentence for the breach.

Judge Sherwin said: “The court will need a lot more information about what was happening over the years and how the relationship went on without suspicion.”

The sentencing was adjourned to September 23 to allow a pre sentence report to be prepared.

February 2009

Pervert fantasised about abusing child

Mark Robinson

A pervert who fantasised about abusing a child as he swapped indecent images of babies on the internet was yesterday jailed for nine months.

Mark Robinson was locked up as serious concerns were expressed that many people still have access to images showing sex abuse via their computers.

Charities warned that some firms providing broadband connections had failed to meet targets to block illegal websites by the end of 2007.

All internet service providers were ordered to act, but some say they have not because of the cost of blocking the material.

Robinson was caught when overseas investigators tipped off police about a computer at his home, in Darlington, being used to download images of abuse Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that almost 9,000 pictures and movies – some of babies being abused – were found.

Police also discovered that Robinson had been involved in chatroom conversations with another man about indecently assaulting a ten year- old.

Experts said they feared the 27-year-old would have gone on to carry out his fantasy, but Dan Cordey, in mitigation, said it was merely in his mind.

Mr Cordey told the court: “He is at pains to stress that this, however inappropriate and however disgusting, was simply fantasy.

“He initially looked at this material through curiosity and accepts he became addicted and accepts what he was doing was wrong and needs to stop.

“There are phases when he was doing this he knew full well he should not have been and struggled with his guilt and stopped, but his addiction took over.

“He was trying to kid himself that they were not real children, but he now fully understands that without people like him, there would be no market for pictures like this.”

Robinson, of Grange Road, Darlington, worked for an engineering company in Middlesbrough at the time of his arrest, at his parents’ home on June 5, 2007.

He admitted 16 counts of making indecent images, three of distributing them and one of possessing 8,963 pictures.

Robinson was also banned from working with children for life and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Judge Tony Briggs told him: “It is said you excused your conduct by saying they did not look like real children – that is not the case.

“Each one represents a person, only too real, and in extreme cases, someone who is likely to be permanently and irreparably damaged by their experience.”