May 2014

Paedophiles win appeal over length of jail time

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Lee Davis (Left) and Anthony Marsh

Two South Yorkshire paedophiles jailed for life after admitting sex offences against young boys have had their sentences slashed on appeal.

HIV-positive travelling salesman Anthony Marsh abused boys across the north of England after grooming them online.

Unemployed Lee Davis, aged 40, Marsh’s accomplice, was also a ‘predatory paedophile’ who raped one child and abused numerous others.

Marsh, of Menson Drive, Hatfield, Doncaster, and Davis, of Rowena Road, Conisborough, Doncaster, were jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court last year.

However, top judges sitting at London’s Appeal Court today slashed the terms, saying Marsh’s was unlawful and Davis was not given enough credit for pleading guilty.

Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Holroyde and Mrs Justice Andrews replaced Marsh’s life term with a 12-year sentence, while Davis’ minimum jail term was cut from 12-and-a-half to eight years.

The court heard the pair – both married with children – led sick double lives as paedophiles, using social networks, as well as specialist gay websites, to befriend boys.

After grooming teenagers as young as 13 online, they met their victims and sexually abused them, filming what they were doing.

Lady Justice Rafferty said: “Marsh was HIV positive. His wife did not know. Nor did he use protection and, with many complainants, did not explain his position. Their purpose was to find the youngest possible boy and have sex with him. Usually they passed victims between themselves, boasting about it on the internet.

“Each boasted they wanted the child to be as young as possible at a time when each was married with children. Both were predatory dangerous paedophiles.”

November 2013

HIV positive paedophile who groomed boys online then filmed sexual abuse jailed for at least 10 years

An HIV positive paedophile who groomed at least 20 teenage boys online and filmed himself having sex with his victims has been jailed.

Anthony Marsh, 53, was jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court and told he must serve at least 10 years before he is considered for release.

His accomplice, Lee Davis, 39, was also given a life term and told he must serve at least 12-and-a-half years in prison.

It was revealed in court that Marsh had contracted the virus that causes Aids, but did not inform the boys he abused. His 20 victims identified so far by police are understood to have tested negative.

Judge Julian Goose QC told Marsh and Davis they were “predatory, dangerous paedophiles”.

Police have described their activities as “vile, horrendous offences”.

Marsh, who also used the names Tony Taylor and Tony Smith, admitted sexual activity with a child and possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Davis, who also used the name James Parkin, admitted raping a 13-year-old boy, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child.

The pair, used social networks such as Facebook and Bebo, as well as specialist gay websites, to befriend boys.

Salesman Davis and unemployed Marsh, who are both married with children, used pseudonyms but did not pose as teenagers.

After grooming teenagers as young as 13 online, Marsh and Davis met their victims and sexually abused them.

Police found a library of films hidden in the cellar of Davis’s home showing him abusing the boys.

Officers also established that Marsh distributed some footage shot by Marsh over the web.

Detective Inspector Delphine Waring said Marsh, of Hatfield, near Doncaster, and Davis, of Conisbrough, near Doncaster, were both family men whose wives were unaware of what they were doing.

“Both were family men, both leading double lives,” the detective said.

“As well as all the victims of these appalling crimes, the families of both of these men are victims as well.

“Their families have been completely betrayed by the horrendous activity that both of these men have been undergoing. Their crimes are absolutely despicable.

“They’ve preyed on vulnerable young boys who have every right, in this day and age, to be able to experiment and use the internet.

“And especially young boys who are perhaps confused about their sexuality, it should be perhaps a safe environment for them to be able to experiment and explore online.

The detective said the pair were caught after Marsh was arrested in May 2012 at a hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, when he was spotted with indecent images of children.

The earliest offence the investigators have discovered so far dates back to 2005 and the victims were aged between 13 and 17.

Many of the pair’s victims were from South Yorkshire, although others were from across the North of England and the Midlands.

The charges they admitted involved a total of 10 victims – four of whom were abused by both defendants.

But officers say there are other victims they know about.

October 2013

Two Men Face Jail For 55 Child Sex Offences

One of two men convicted of committing a series of sex crimes against vulnerable teenage boys is HIV positive, it has emerged.

Anthony Marsh and Lee Davis used social networks such as Facebook and Bebo, as well as specialist gay websites, to befriend boys before committing what police describe as “vile, horrendous offences”.

They appeared in appeared in court last month where they pleaded guilty to a total of 55 offences committed throughout the country over a number of years.

A further 14 offences were denied and later dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. They will be sentenced on December 2.

Marsh, 53,a salesman from Hatfield, Doncaster, who also used the names Tony Taylor and Tony Smith, pleaded guilty to 34 offences including possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and sexual activity with a child.

He was revealed to have the virus that causes Aids, but did not inform the boys he abused. His 20 victims identified so far by police are understood to have tested negative.

Lee Davis, 39, from Conisbrough, Doncaster, who also used the name James Parkin, had pleaded guilty to 20 offences including rape, sexual activity with a child, and taking indecent photographs of a child.

Both men were also jointly charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with children, and both admitted this offence at the earlier court hearing in September.

The offences to which they pleaded guilty date back to 2005 and involved teenage boys from South Yorkshire, Humberside, the north east, north west and the midlands, aged between 13 and 17.

South Yorkshire Police say most of the abused boys met the men willingly and agreed to sex – but that while the pair did not lie about their age, they knew the boys were below the age of consent.

Police said Davis filmed teenagers at his home or in his van and officers believe some of the footage shot by Marsh has been distributed by him over the web.

Detective Inspector Delphine Waring, who led the investigation codenamed Operation Klan on behalf of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Both were family men, both leading double lives.

“As well as all the victims of these appalling crimes, the families of both of these men are victims as well.

“Their families have been completely betrayed by the horrendous activity that both of these men have been undergoing.

“Their crimes are absolutely despicable. They’ve preyed on vulnerable young boys who have every right, in this day and age, to be able to experiment and use the internet.

“And especially young boys who are perhaps confused about their sexuality, it should be perhaps a safe environment for them to be able to experiment and explore online.

“However, both of these men – obviously vastly older than all of the child victims – have gained their trust, have preyed on that vulnerability and groomed them entirely for the purpose of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

“And they’ve actually gone on to meet the young boys in whatever setting that may have been and committed vile, horrendous offences against them.

“They searched various websites trawling for impressionable, young, vulnerable boys and having engaged in conversation then made arrangements to meet them.

“I very much hope this case serves as a warning to anyone who believes they can abuse young children for their own sexual gratification.

“The young boys who were the victims of their crimes will continue to receive the support of specialist agencies in order that they can come to terms with what happened to them and to build successful and happy lives.”

September 2013

Two Doncaster paedophiles are facing lengthy prison sentences after they admitted dozens of sex offences against teenage boys

The men – who were not friends – went online to exchange details about some of the boys they targeted.

Anthony Marsh and Lee Davis committed sexual acts with the teenagers and also made indecent videos after grooming them over the internet, often using false names.

Marsh went by Tony Taylor or Tony Smith, and Davis used the alias James Parkin.

They appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a total of 55 charges committed since 2003.

Other charges are still pending and the prosecution will decide in the next fortnight whether there will need to be a trial on those matters.

If not, the defendants will be sentenced in December.

Marsh, aged 53, a kitchen salesman of Menson Drive, Hatfield, stood in the dock – and Davis, 39, of Rowena Road, Conisbrough, gave his pleas via videolink from HMP Doncaster, where he has been on remand since his arrest earlier this year.

Marsh pleaded guilty to 35 offences and Davis said he was guilty of 21 offences.

One of the offences admitted by Davis is the rape of a 13-year-old boy in 2007 or 2008.

They both admitted a joint charge of conspiring to commit sexual activity with children by exchanging contact details to facilitate meetings for the purpose of committing sexual offences, between 2004 and May this year.

The other offences include sexual activity with a child, possessing indecent images, taking indecent videos, and meeting a child after grooming.

A total of 10 boys – mostly aged 13, 14 and 15 – were victims and four were abused by both men.

Their defence counsel said they would be seeking psychological reports and both men were remanded in custody until sentence.

The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Julian Goose, QC, placed them on the Sex Offenders’ Register immediately.

None of the boys was in court for the hearing.