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Essex couple jailed for child abuse

|News, Sexual offences

A couple from Essex who sexually abused four children and recorded footage of their horrific crimes have today been sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mark Gable received a total sentence of 11 years and 6 months and Jessica Fry received a total sentence of 10 years.

Gable and Fry were trusted by the parents of the children who were left in their care. They abused that trust and took advantage of their time with the children to sexually abuse them.

The horrendous acts were recorded by the pair and the footage was stored on their computer. They used complex software in an attempt to hide the evidence of their abuse.

Working in close partnership with Essex Police, the CPS built a strong case and they pleaded guilty at their first hearing. Essex Police were initially investigating Gable for possessing indecent images of children, when they identified him as the male in some of the images.

The evidence gathered against them included digital material and social media communications.

Meyrem Flint, from the CPS, said: “Mark Gable and Jessica Fry worked together to exploit children for their own gratification.

“This was planned, predatory behaviour targeting young children and the pair were determined to conceal their sickening crimes.

“We would like to pay tribute to the bravery and strength shown by the children and their families and we hope that today’s result brings a sense of peace.” 

Notes to editors

  • Meyrem Flint is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England.
  • Mark Gable (DOB 5/8/1986) pleaded guilty to charges of three counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, four counts of taking indecent photographs of a child, sexual assault of a child under 13, three counts of making Indecent Photographs Of Children, on 2 September 2019 at Chelmsford Crown Court.
  • Jessica Fry (DOB 28/7/1992) pleaded guilty to charges of one count of Sexual Assault of a child, three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child, one count of assault by penetration, two counts of distributing/showing indecent photographs/indecent pseudo photographs of a child/children on 2 September 2019 at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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