Dorset man jailed for arranging rape of children over the internet

29/01/2014

A 29-year-old man from Dorset has today been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, sexual activity with a child and eight offences of making indecent photographs of a child.

Once he will serve his sentence he will be subject to an indefinite notification period (Sexual Offenders Register) and to an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, (SOPO).

Following the sentence Anthony Johns, Head of CPS Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: " What Mark Luscombe did and was planning to do is shocking and frightening. He actively used the internet to arrange and encourage others based mainly in America to sexually abuse and rape their own children.

"The internet and its chat rooms provided him with both the opportunity and anonymity to carry on with his life without raising any suspicions around him.

"Using the user name BADMOMLOVER he transferred a large quantity of indecent images of children to a man who he believed was based in America, as payment for the same man to rape his daughter. Luscombes intention was to watch the man raping his daughter and giving him direction over a webcam.

"Luscombe then distributed two further indecent images to another man, believing that he would later meet him and that together they would rape the mans two young daughters.

"Fortunately the two men that he had communicated with were covert internet investigators, whose roles were to mirror the actions of perpetrators like Luscombe. Thanks to their investigation Luscombe was apprehended and compelling evidence was gathered against him.

"Following a thorough analysis of his laptop, USB stick and mobile phone Dorset Police found 184 indecent images of children on his computer and 178 movies showing sexual abuse of children ranging from less serious to very serious images (level1 to level 5).

"During his police interview, Luscombe admitted having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

"Luscombe was fully aware of he was doing. He knew it was wrong and that he was committing very serious criminal offences. There is no doubt that he would have carried on with his crimes if he had not been apprehended.

"Making or possessing indecent images involving children is a serious criminal offence and leads to the continued abuse and exploitation of children.

"This prosecution serves as a warning to others who possess, view or download indecent images of children or arrange the sexual exploitation of children thinking that they will never be caught. CPS Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit will continue to work very closely with Dorset Police Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team to gather compelling evidence to bring these individuals to justice."