August 2021

Sex fiend – who abducted Bolton boy – now jailed for online ‘underage’ chats

A sex predator who groomed a 12-year-old boy from Bolton for sex has been jailed for planning another meet with a ‘target child’.

Mark Jackson, 38, was jailed for 32 months in 2015 after he lured the 12-year-old, and a 16-year-old pal, to a Birmingham hotel.

Jackson picked out the younger victim on Facebook before they met up at the town’s Morrison’s store. He later arranged the hotel trip, where he took the two boys to watch a horror movie and paid for piercings, and alcohol and cigarettes for them.

The trip saw him try to grope the younger boy and cuddle his older friend. The boys were tracked down after they were reported missing.

Jackson was given a prison term for child abduction by a judge at Bolton Crown Court and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, restricting his contact with under-16s.

But Durham Crown Court heard how earlier this year Jackson contacted an online profile called ‘Connor’. This was supposedly a 12-year-old boy from Carlisle but in reality a police decoy account.

Omar Ahmad, prosecuting, said Jackson gave ‘Connor’ a Skype Messenger address then conversed regularly with him, turning to intimate matters, asking if he wanted a boyfriend, adding fulsome descriptions of some of his previous sexual encounters.

The older man suggested what sexual activity they could perform together, sending him graphic images of himself.

He asked ‘Connor’, who was a decoy profile set up by police, if he could get away from his mother to visit him or suggested he could travel to Carlisle to meet him when his mother was away from home.

Jackson was later at work and a search of his home revealed a computer with a memory stick, which were seized. It was found to contain 32 indecent images of children, with boys aged as young as five,

Jackson, 38, of School Court, Broom Park, near Durham, admitted breaching the SHPO, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and three counts of making an indecent image of a child and was jailed for three years by Recorder Jonathan Sandiford.

February 2016

Loner who abducted 12-year-old and kept him at hotel for 2 nights

Mark Jackson

A pervert who abducted a 12-year-old Bolton schoolboy and kept him at a hotel for two nights has been jailed.

Bolton Crown Court heard how Mark Jackson found his victim on Facebook and arranged to meet him at the Morrisons store in Bolton town centre.

Jackson, aged 32, then persuaded his victim and the child’s 16-year-old friend to travel with him to Birmingham where, unknown to the boys, he had already booked a room at the Travelodge in Yardley.

Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, told how Jackson spent two nights sharing a bed with the boys, took them to see the horror film ‘Paranormal Activity’, paid for the youngsters to have piercings and bought them alcohol and cigarettes.

He was finally caught after pictures of the missing boys at the hotel were posted on Facebook — and police tracked them down to a restaurant at Birmingham Airport. Officers found condoms in Jackson’s car.

“The victim of this offence was clearly vulnerable,” the Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Timothy Clayson, told Jackson. “It is apparent and clear that you were interested in him sexually.”

At an earlier hearing, Jackson, who was jailed for two years and eight months, had pleaded guilty to sexual grooming and abduction of a child.

Mr Hayhoe described how the boy was contacted by Jackson via Facebook in autumn last year and how in October he bought his young victim a mobile phone so they could communicate more easily.

But when they arranged to meet in Bolton on November 3 the boy told a 16-year-old friend who, concerned for his welfare, decided to accompany him.

Jackson, of Langley Park, County Durham, who had claimed to the boy that he was in his 20s, asked the children to accompany him to Birmingham.

The boys thought they were going for the day, but when they stopped at a motorway service station Jackson told them they would be tired and he would book them into a hotel for the night. In reality, he had already made the hotel reservation.

After getting to the hotel Jackson bought the boys bottles of WKD and Smirnoff Ice, tried to touch the younger boy on the leg and bottom and attempted to cuddle his friend, but his advances were rebuffed.

The three shared a bed and the next day Jackson paid for the 12-year-old to have his tongue pierced and an eyebrow piercing for the older boy.

They then took part in an indoor climbing session and went to the cinema. Jackson gave the younger boy a present of a £60 Zippo lighter bearing the inscription ‘Love You Babe’.

Back at the hotel Jackson provided the boys with bottles of Malibu, Bacardi, lager and Jack Daniels and they slept in the bed together for a second night.

The abduction ended at 11am the next day when police, searching for the boy, found the three of them at Birmingham Airport.

Jackson initially claimed to police that he thought his young victim was aged 16, but the prosecution asserted that he was very aware of the child’s age before he met him.

Michael Hayton, defending, described Jackson, who has no previous convictions, as an ‘isolated individual’ who is more confident with people younger than himself and who has wrestled with his own sexuality for years.

“This is a man who has two lives — he had his real life and an online life,” he said.

He added that unmarried Jackson’s sexual advances had been ‘bumbling and easily rebuffed’. “This is a young man who was seeking companionship as much as anything.”

Judge Clayson told Jackson: “I accept you are remorseful about these events and your remorse is genuine.”

In addition to the jail sentence, Jackson was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.