Mark Taft – formerly of Willow Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Man jailed after posing as 14-year-old online and pestering girls to send naked photos. 

Mark Taft was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today

A man who pretended to be a 14-year-old school boy and pestered young girls to send naked photos of themselves has been jailed at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mark Taft, formerly of Willow Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, got in touch with girls aged between 12 and 17 through Facebook using the name Luke Carlisle, he engaged in conversations of a sexual nature with them and requested naked images of themselves.

On March 24, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to 13 child sexual offences including causing and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing or inciting child exploitation and making indecent images of children.

He was sentenced today (Friday, June 16) to three years and three months in prison, he was also given a sexual harm prevention order and will sign the sex offenders register for life.

Taft was arrested in September 2016 after the father of one of the victims got in touch with police having found sexual conversations between a male and his 12-year-old daughter on the family tablet. Officers identified the fake Facebook profile as belonging to Taft.

He was charged and remanded in custody and a major investigation was launched which included extensive digital and forensic work across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Detective Sergeant Paul Lefford of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This has been a very complex and lengthy investigation. After receiving an initial report about Taft, we established several lines of enquiry and more and more victims were identified.

“Taft is a dangerous individual who would have kept on trying to groom young girls. I would like to thank all of the girls and families involved for their bravery and cannot stress the importance of being aware of online grooming.

“I’d also like to thank the officers who worked tirelessly to compile such a strong case against Taft and secure all the evidence against him. We will continue to actively pursue child sex offenders and will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of children in any way.”

Anyone who has any concerns about online grooming or any information that could help police investigate such incidents is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.


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