A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for five years following a joint investigation by authorities.
29-year-old Mark Luscombe from Verwood, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday 29 January. He pleaded guilty at the same court on Thursday 19 December to eight counts of making indecent photographs of a child, five counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child, sexual activity with a child and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
Luscombe also pleaded guilty to another offence of possession an extreme pornographic image.
The conviction was brought about after Dorset Police carried out a joint investigation with US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in London, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
The Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) is a new team formed within the Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT).
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Naughton of the Public Protection Unit said: “POLIT are committed to targeting and bringing to justice those in Dorset who are sexually exploiting children all over the internet.
“The message is simple and very clear. If you commit these crimes we will hunt you down, arrest you and bring you to justice. I also urge those abusing children to seek professional help from either their GP or another professional organisation such as Stop It Now! Of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.
“Targeting criminals in cyber space and safeguarding children from serious harm remains a priority for Dorset Police in 2014 and beyond.”