Paedophile downloaded ‘most extreme pictures imaginable’ of newborn babies

Court hears Mark Anders, who also encouraged a six-year-old boy to be raped, has been “terrorised” in jail.

A paedophile who encouraged a six-year-old boy to be raped and downloaded the ‘most extreme pictures imaginable’ of newborn babies was jailed.

Mark Anders, 47, shared his sick stash with other perverts online and urged them to carry out abuse, telling one: “Rape kind of goes with the territory.”

He was today sentenced to six years in prison after prosecutors told Liverpool Crown Court: “More extreme [pictures] it is difficult to contemplate.”

Police found 1,150 indecent images on Anders’ mobile phone when they raided his home in Ingleton Drive, St Helens on June 14 this year.

Robert Jones, prosecuting, said they included 402 Category A – the most serious category – 328 Category B and 420 Category C pictures.

His collection featured videos of newborn babies being raped and he traded 175 of the files.

He was a member of a group called ‘Pics and Vids of Boys’ and chatted with fellow paedophiles on Kik Messenger.

On November 6, 2015 he discussed the abuse of a 15-year-old boy and received images of him.

He encouraged the other man to sexually assault the child and said: “If he’s 14, so much the better.”

On December 25 last year, Anders talked with another pervert about the abuse of a six-year-old boy, saying: “If you’re a boy lover as we are, then rape kind of goes with the territory.”

He gave another paedophile advice about abusing a 12 or 13-year-old boy on June 12 this year.

Mr Jones said: “It was a very depraved state of affairs.”

Anders admitted three counts of downloading, one of possessing and one of distributing indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of encouraging sexual assault of children. He has no previous convictions.

Robert Haygarth, defending, said Anders had already sought treatment and counselling.

He said: “He says ‘what I’ve done is appalling – if you look at the word remorse in the dictionary that is me’.”

Mr Haygarth described him as a “lonely and isolated” man, who helped his mum care for his dementia-suffering grandmother.

He said Anders, who considered suicide, had a heart condition which prevented him from working.

Mr Haygarth told the court Anders was “not of any great stature” and had been “bullied considerably” in prison, adding: “He has been terrorised.”

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said there was no evidence the boys referred to in the messages were actually molested.

However, he said: “You acknowledged the conversations were not just fantasy and were conducted in the belief that a child would be abused somewhere in the world.”

The judge said Anders was “in many ways an inadequate man” who would find prison difficult, but was an “offender of particular concern”.

This means he will serve at least half of his sentence in jail and only be released if a parole board deems he is no longer a risk.

He must serve an extended year on licence, comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

John

Qualified Private Investigator specialising in the investigation and conviction of online child predators.

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