Pervert Leeds Police Community Support Officer who was a school teacher jailed for online child sex offences
A Leeds Police Community Support Officer who was a school teacher for 25-years tried to groom who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex in an online chat room
David Mallard – who was based at the Leeds North West Neighbourhood Policing Team – believed he was having sexual conversations with a 13-year-old girl called Bella, Bradford Crown Court was told.
But 57-year-old Mallard of The Crescent, Bingley had been speaking to undercover police officers who had created a fake profile of a young girl during an investigation into online child sexual exploitation.
The court heard Mallard told Bella he loved her and wanted to pick her up in his convertible car and described the sexual abuse he wanted to take place.
Jailing him for ten months, Judge Richard Mansell QC said Mallard had been working as a police community support officer with West Yorkshire Police for around two years when he committed the offences last July.
Judge Mansell said Mallard had worked as a full time teacher and a supply teacher at secondary schools across West Yorkshire from 1992 to 2017 and said parents would be “horrified” to learn of his crimes.
Camille Morland, prosecuting, said Mallard used the Lycos online chat forum to contact Bella’s online profile at 2am on July 9 2019.
Bella told Mallard she was 13 and he told her that he was a 17-year-old boy and gave a fake name.
Mallard asked for her Skype details and he sent her a number of voice messages.
Between July 12 and 20 2019, Mallard sent non sexual messages to the girl and on July 23 he asked Bella for her mobile phone number and spoke to her
During two further phone calls Mallard told the girl he was aged 36 and offered to pick her up in his convertible car and asked her to wear a short skirt.
Ms Morland said Mallard told the girl what sexual acts he wanted to take place.
Police arrested and interviewed Mallard on August 10 last year.
Mallard admitted attempting to cause a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
Jailing Mallard for ten months, Judge Mansell said when Bella said she was aged 13 Mallard replied “only 13, that’s OK if you are.”
Judge Mansell said: “You engaged in classic and I conclude practised grooming behaviour.”
Mallard’s name will be on the sex offender regsiter for ten years and he was made the subject of a ten year sexual harm prevention order, which bans him from working with children.
After the hearing, West Yorkshire Police said Mallard was suspended on his arrest last July
Pervert caught in online police sting operation
A paedophile PCSO faces a possible jail sentence after he was caught in an online police sting.
David Mallard, 57, of West Yorkshire Police, believed he was speaking to schoolgirl in an online chatroom and wanted to meet up for sex, a court heard.
But the ‘decoy’ child was an undercover police officer posing as a young girl.
Mallard, of The Crescent, Bingley, pleaded guilty to two child sex offences at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.
He admitted a charge of attempting to cause a female aged 13 or over to engage in sexual activity – no penetration.
Details of the offence are that on 23rd July 2019 whilst using online platform LYCOS chat,Mallard attempted to intentionally cause or incite a girl under the age of 13, namely an under cover operative user name Tinkerbellax06, to engage in sexual activity of a non penetrative nature, namely sexualised chat and wanting to meet to perform sexual acts.
He admitted a second charge of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
On or between the dates of 06/07/19-24/07/19 whilst using online platform LYCOS chat. For the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, intentionally attempted to communicate with an under cover operative user name Tinkerbellax06 , a person under 16 who you did not reasonably believe to be 16 or over, the communication being sexual and intending to encourage her to make a communication that was sexual namely sexualised chat.
District Judge Richard Clews said because Mallard was a servicing PCSO at the time off the offences it was more appropriate that he be dealt with at Bradford Crown Court, where he maximum prison sentence can exceed six months.
He granted Mallard bail for the preparation of pre-sentence reports ‘to try to understand what it was that led to these offences.’
The judge warned Mallard that because he is on bail should not be taken as any indication as to the eventual sentence.
Miss Holly Clegg representing Mallard, told the court that he was a man of previous good character.