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Whitby Man Sentenced for Child Sex Offences

Whitby Man Sentenced for Child Sex Offences

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 2:50pm 23rd April 2020. (Updated at 5:25pm 23rd April 2020)

Specialist detectives from North Yorkshire Police have brought a perverted Whitby man to justice and helped to safeguard a young girl in America from further sexual abuse.

Mark Anthony Boyce, aged 56, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, at York Crown Court today (Thursday 23 April 2020) after previously pleading guilty to a series of indecent images of children (IIOC) offences.

These included making 11,145 of the most serious Category A images, 12,177 Category B images and 121,047 Category C images.

He also admitted distributing two Category C images, possessing 150 prohibited images of a child and possessing 114 extreme pornographic images.

Boyce, who has been remanded in custody for six months following his arrest and charge to his appearance at court for the sentencing, also has to complete a course of rehabilitation and has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Background to the case

Information was received by North Yorkshire Police in early 2019, that IIOC had been shared online from an address in Whitby.

Following further work to develop the intelligence, North Yorkshire Police’s Online Abuse and Exploitation Team arrested Boyce on 15 October 2019.

Searches were conducted at his home and work addresses, as well as in the vehicles he used. This resulted in the seizure of a laptop, mobile phone and tablet devices which were subjected to in depth analysis by the force’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Boyce was charged with the offences and was remanded in custody, ahead of appearing at court.

Enquiries were also conducted into Boyce’s involvement with a local swimming club where he was the chairman and a coach. Concerned parents can be reassured that no related offences came to light during the investigation.

Sinister link to child rape suspect in Arizona, USA

The investigation took an even more sinister turn regarding two videos in Boyce’s sickening collection which appeared to show a man raping a girl aged between 10 and 12.

Detective Constable Clair Gascoyne, the officer in the case, highlighted these videos to the Victim ID Officer as part of the strategy to locate and safeguard any abused children.

The Victim ID Officer was able to use his specialist skills to provide a number of features from the scene to assist in the identification of the location.

Working with US law enforcement agencies and the Queensland Police Service in Australia who were also running an investigation, DC Gascoyne and the team were able to help identify both the victim and the suspect.

Jesse Anthony Garcia, aged 29, from Goodyear, Arizona, was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor on 22 March 2020.

He appeared at Maricopa County Superior Court the following day where he was held in custody on a $1 million bond. He will appear before the court again in due course.

Thankfully, the child victim has been safeguarded from further alleged abuse.

Detective Sergeant Lee Allenby, from the Online Abuse and Exploitation Team, said:

“North Yorkshire Police is committed to preventing child sexual abuse, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.

It is a crime that can affect a child at anytime and anywhere. Those who obtain and distribute child abuse material – sickening and perverted individuals such as Mark Boyce – directly contribute to the sexual exploitation of children. This is because the children involved are continually re-victimised.

It is very satisfying that we were able to identify the suspect for alleged offences in another country and ensure the vulnerable young victim is now receiving the professional support and care they so desperately needed.”

Reporting suspected crimes involving indecent images of children and sexual exploitation and seeking support

Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response

Child Exploitation Online Protection command (CEOP)http://ceop.police.uk/
Internet Watch Foundationhttps://www.iwf.org.uk/

Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email bridgehouse.sarc@nhs.net or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/
You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100

NSPCC Helplines: Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000; Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111; Go to https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/

An NSPCC spokesman said:

“This is not a victimless crime and every image portrays an incident of abuse against a real and innocent child. 

Sadly, during these unprecedented days - with fewer moderators available to tech companies – these crimes have the potential to escalate. 

Abusers will take advantage of these uncertain times so tech companies must step up and help put a stop to this vile trade at source.”

Children can contact Childline, 24/7, on 0800 1111.

Adults concerned about the wellbeing of a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.


There are 3 comments on this page.

Barra, on 23rd April 2020 3:36pm
Suspended sentence for that, he should of served a prison sentence for that. It’s a complete joke this sentence for what he did.
Whitbyman, on 23rd April 2020 6:27pm
Yet another poor sentence , thousands of indecent images of children and a suspended sentence yet cough on a policeman and say you’ve a virus is six months inside ( just to clarify I’d give these vermin 12 months) this world is one seriously wrong planet , no wonder nature is trying to rid the planet of us
Yorkshire80, on 24th April 2020 12:57pm
Unbelievable, why go through all the cost of court etc just to give a suspended sentence. Ridiculous! Bring back hanging

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