Mark Lancaster sentenced for voyeurism and trafficking offences in student scholarship scam

19/07/2013

Mark Lancaster was sentenced to 16 months at Southwark Crown Court today. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism and one count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Sarah Jennings, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Lancaster set up this elaborate scam with the sole purpose of sexually exploiting female students who found themselves in a vulnerable financial situation. This was a particularly nasty and degrading experience for the woman involved, which robbed her of valued privacy. 

"He used a website in an attempt to lure women into meeting him with the promise of a scholarship to pay their education costs. As part of the fake scholarship process Lancaster met up with the victim in this case on the pretence of interviewing her for the scholarship. He then told her that she would need to have sex with him as part of the interview process and filmed her without her knowledge. This scholarship never existed and Lancaster preyed on the victim's ambition to financially support herself through her studies.

"The overwhelming evidence in this case left Lancaster no choice but to plead guilty. CPS London is committed to tackling sexual exploitation, no matter how or where it is committed."

For info: Lancaster was sentenced to 16 months for each count, to run concurrently.