August 2021

Ashford paedophile jailed after paying women in the Philippines to abuse girls

A paedophile who paid women in the Philippines to make videos of child abuse that he directed has been jailed.

Ashford man Mark Terry used online payments to send women between £15 and £25 in exchange for videos of them sexually abusing girls.

An investigation by the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POIT) revealed that Terry, 55, frequently paid for videos lasting between two and three minutes, sent via a live messaging app.

After being tipped off in February 2018, police raided Terry’s home in Maidstone Road and seized his computer.

A forensic examination of the machine found a staggering 7,000 indecent images of children on the hard drive.

Terry was charged in March 2020 and appeared before Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, August 6, where he admitted 15 counts of encouraging or assisting the commission of a child sex offence and four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and will be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.