Mark Jarrett – Devon 

Freed paedophile sat with children watching The Boss Baby hours after being released from prison. 


A sex offender broke an order to stay away from children by going to the film The Boss Baby just hours after being released from prison.

Mark Jarrett also went to a children’s play park at a seaside resort before calling police to tell them he had broken the order.

Jarrett, aged 49, has a history of breaching Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO) and for taking photographs of children on beaches.

He has spent much of the last decade in jail and deliberately gets himself arrested because he prefers life behind bars to being free.

He was released from his last sentence on April 14 this year and went straight from Exeter Prison to Torbay, where he was arrested they next day.

He went to a children’s play park in Torbay Road twice and deliberately broke the SHPO by going to see The Boss Baby at the Central Cinema, Torquay, where the rest of the audience was made up of parents with young children.

Jarrett, of no fixed address, admitted breaching the SHPO and his case was adjourned for a probation report by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.

He said he was uneasy about granting Jarrett his wish to be sent back to jail and wanted to explore other options.

He said:”I feel very uncomfortable about this being a passport to prison, without touching go. This is someone who does the minimum he needs to get arrested, calls the police and expects to get another two years.

“These courts are not a drop in centre by which anyone who wants to go to prison can make sure they get three square meals a day.

“I don’t know if this man’s enduring interest in young children continues. There is a dilemma in balancing the risk and well as punishment and deterrence.

“There may also be an issue of whether the public purse should foot the bill for this man having three square meals a day in somewhere he chooses to be.”

Mr Herc Ashworth, prosecuting, said Jarrett called police on the day after his release to say he was looking at children at a play area in Torbay.

He later told them he had gone to a showing of The Boss Baby at which most of the audience were children.

He was made subject of the order in 2007 after being jailed for befriending a single mother and then taking indecent pictures of her children.

He was jailed again in 2012 for further offences of taking, making and possessing images, some of which were found on his phone when he was arrested on Torquay sea front.

On this occasion he was actually doing group work on a sex offenders course but then going home and downloading images of naked boys.

He was jailed again in 2013 and 2015 after deliberately breaking the order by going to children’s play areas. He called the police each time to ask to be arrested.

Miss Laura Searle, defending, said Jarrett feels comfortable in prison and has nowhere else to go but hostels when he is released.

She said:”My instructions is that he doesn’t want to be released.”

Jarrett was remanded in custody to allow the probation service to prepare a full report.


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