April 2021

Pervert jailed for secretly filming girls

A pervert who set up a covert camera to film female victims was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court

Mark Clapson also downloaded thousands of indecent images of children from the internet.

Luc Chignell, prosecuting, said that Clapson was arrested after police received information and as a result searched his home.

Over 30,000 indecent images of children were found on devices belonging to Clapson.

Mr Chignall said “There were indecent images of children on several devices. In addition to that officers found images which it is clear the defendant was responsible for taking using a hidden camera.

“It is clear that on his own admission he has a sexual interest in children and acted upon it in these ways.”

Clapson, 39, of Cawkwell, near Louth, admitted three charges of voyeurism and three charges of producing indecent images of children.

He also admitted three charges of making indecent images of children involving a total of 31,213 images and further admitted possession of 24 extreme pornographic images.

Clapson was jailed for two years and nine months. He was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely and given a life long sexual harm prevention order.

The devices he used to access the illegal images were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

Judge John Pini QC told Clapson that the lives of the victims who had been secretly filmed have been shattered.

“This has had an absolutely devastating effect,” said the judge.

April 2021

Man, 39, pleads guilty to voyeurism and taking indecent images of children

A man from the Louth area is due to be sentenced after he pleaded guilty to taking indecent images of children, recording private sexual acts without the consent of those involved, and being in possession of thousands of indecent images of children and several other images of ‘extreme pornography’.

Mark Clapson, 39, c/o an address in Cawkwell Hill, appeared at in court last month to face the ten charges.

He pleaded guilty to all of the charges, which were as follows:

• Between April 2019 and March 2020, made 1,690 ‘Category A’ indecent photographs of children.

• Between April 2019 and March 2020, made 1,690 ‘Category B’ indecent photographs of children.

• Between April 2019 and March 2020, made 28,463 ‘Category C’ indecent photographs of children.

• In March 2020, possessed 24 extreme pornographic images which portrayed, in an explicit and realistic way, a person performing sexual activity with live animals, namely dogs, which was grossly offensive, disgusting, or otherwise of an obscene character.

• Three charges of recording another person doing a private act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, knowing that the other person did not consent to your recording the act with that intention, between December 2017 and October 2020.

• Three charges of taking indecent photographs of a child, between December 2017 and October 2020.

Clapson indicated guilty pleas to the ten charges when he appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on March 4, and was granted conditional bail.

He has been listed for sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court on April 16.