Paedophile Mark Luscombe snared after trading images of children with undercover cops online

Bournemouth Echo: Jailed: sex offender who was snared after trading images of children with undercover officers on the internet Jailed: sex offender who was snared after trading images of children with undercover officers on the internet

A SEX offender who told police he was "wired differently" has been caged after trading images of abuse online with undercover officers.

Mark Luscombe, 29, was snared after asking an American officer - posing as the father of an 11-year-old girl - to assault his daughter live via webcam for him.

He 'paid' for the request with around 50 images depicting the abuse of children.

Luscombe, of Manor Road in Verwood, also said he wanted to "try a five-year-old".

The officer then alerted police in the UK, who also corresponded with Luscombe.

The defendant, who went under the username BADMOMLOVER, told the British officer that he wanted to abuse his fictional children, who he was told were aged four and six.

He even arranged to meet the children at a branch of McDonald's, but when police feared he was backing out of the meeting, they raided his home in December and arrested him.

He then voluntarily admitted to officers that he had been in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl from Dorset, and took indecent photographs of her on his mobile phone.

He pleaded guilty to agreeing or facilitating commission of a child sex offence, five counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child, sexual activity with a child, and seven counts of making indecent photographs of a child at a previous hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He also admitted the possession of three extreme pornographic images involving animals and adults today before being sentenced.

The former ground worker, who was applying to join the Royal Navy, was sentenced to a total of five years behind bars this afternoon.

Sentencing, Judge Samuel Wiggs said: "It cannot be said that these offences are out of character because you told police when the investigation was taking place that you were wired differently and had been attracted to children for a considerable length of time."

First successful conviction for Specialist Police Unit

A specialist unit of Dorset Police detectives have successfully convicted a paedophile following an investigation in conjunction 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) who work closely with partner agencies and other police forces to identify and prosecute offenders and protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation.

This follows the success of similar investigative teams across the country.

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 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.”

Matthew J. Etre, attaché for HSI in London, said: “Protecting children from exploitation is one of the most important missions we have and, as this case demonstrates, it takes the collaboration of law enforcement agencies around the world to tackle this crime. HSI is committed to working with partners such as Dorset Police, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to arrest individuals who commit such heinous acts and ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dorset Police is also urging parents to be aware and alert to the signs of online grooming and abuse.

Parents are encouraged to visit the CEOP website for up-to-date advice on how to keep their children safe online.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Naughton continued: “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.”

The Paedophile Online Investigation Team can be contacted on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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1:18pm Wed 29 Jan 14

retry69 says...

5 years ?
5 years ? retry69

2:05pm Wed 29 Jan 14

retry69 says...

I was so incensed at the sentence I completely missed the judges name,it couldn't be could it,i had to look twice,unbelievable! but I suppose at least he has dispensed with his catch phrase "its not in the public interest to send you to jail" but 5 years, out in what?
I was so incensed at the sentence I completely missed the judges name,it couldn't be could it,i had to look twice,unbelievable! but I suppose at least he has dispensed with his catch phrase "its not in the public interest to send you to jail" but 5 years, out in what? retry69

2:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

He told a man he wanted to watch his sexually abuse his 11 year-old daughter and he got five years!?!? Even though they said they think he's that dangerous!? And it's a 'total' of five years, which means he'll be out, doing this again in possibly as few as TWO years??

This is unbelieveable! How do they justify such a short sentence!?!?
He told a man he wanted to watch his sexually abuse his 11 year-old daughter and he got five years!?!? Even though they said they think he's that dangerous!? And it's a 'total' of five years, which means he'll be out, doing this again in possibly as few as TWO years?? This is unbelieveable! How do they justify such a short sentence!?!? Vikki27

2:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

He'll get 'looked after' by the other lags for sure
He'll get 'looked after' by the other lags for sure Arthur Maureen

2:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

poolebabe says...

Soft sentencing for these crimes does not protect children! Far harder to police these perverts on the streets. Problem is, a prison sentence does not stop them from being a paedo! A lethal injection would...
Soft sentencing for these crimes does not protect children! Far harder to police these perverts on the streets. Problem is, a prison sentence does not stop them from being a paedo! A lethal injection would... poolebabe

2:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

retry69 says...

poolebabe wrote:
Soft sentencing for these crimes does not protect children! Far harder to police these perverts on the streets. Problem is, a prison sentence does not stop them from being a paedo! A lethal injection would...
Also we know from a previous case that someone was able to download indecent child images while they were supposedly under supervision it leaves you with no faith at all in the system dealing with children,i get so angry with this as in the past 6/9 months we have seen at least 2 of these perverts allowed to walk the streets among us
[quote][p][bold]poolebabe[/bold] wrote: Soft sentencing for these crimes does not protect children! Far harder to police these perverts on the streets. Problem is, a prison sentence does not stop them from being a paedo! A lethal injection would...[/p][/quote]Also we know from a previous case that someone was able to download indecent child images while they were supposedly under supervision it leaves you with no faith at all in the system dealing with children,i get so angry with this as in the past 6/9 months we have seen at least 2 of these perverts allowed to walk the streets among us retry69

2:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Yet another poor sentance for such a descpcable crime. You think that when he is released in what 2 years he wont do it again. Lets hope his new cell mates give him a taste of his own medicine.
Yet another poor sentance for such a descpcable crime. You think that when he is released in what 2 years he wont do it again. Lets hope his new cell mates give him a taste of his own medicine. Bournemouth87

2:57pm Wed 29 Jan 14

username is already in use says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
He'll get 'looked after' by the other lags for sure
not really, will be on the protection wing with all the other n0nces
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: He'll get 'looked after' by the other lags for sure[/p][/quote]not really, will be on the protection wing with all the other n0nces username is already in use

3:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

"Wired differently?"......t
he pervert should have been wired to the main power supply.
"Wired differently?"......t he pervert should have been wired to the main power supply. O'Reilly

3:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Lets not forget a big thank you to the Police this time.
Lets not forget a big thank you to the Police this time. pete woodley

3:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

A SEX offender who told police he was "wired differently" .............

He will get treated differently by the boys on the block too.
A SEX offender who told police he was "wired differently" ............. He will get treated differently by the boys on the block too. BIGTONE

3:21pm Wed 29 Jan 14

missbuntycollocks says...

Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.
Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused. missbuntycollocks

3:21pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Kevin_123 says...

I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by law!
I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by law! Kevin_123

3:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks
I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks nickynoodah

3:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

preferably down Exeter
preferably down Exeter nickynoodah

4:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Wackerone says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks
What about the women?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks[/p][/quote]What about the women? Wackerone

4:19pm Wed 29 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

missbuntycollocks wrote:
Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.
A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****.
[quote][p][bold]missbuntycollocks[/bold] wrote: Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.[/p][/quote]A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****. O'Reilly

4:22pm Wed 29 Jan 14

missbuntycollocks says...

O'Reilly wrote:
missbuntycollocks wrote:
Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.
A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****.
I still feel its a better punishment than prison.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]missbuntycollocks[/bold] wrote: Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.[/p][/quote]A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****.[/p][/quote]I still feel its a better punishment than prison. missbuntycollocks

4:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Arjay says...

5 years -- for those offences?........you just know who the judge is going to be, before you even read the name!
It really is time to do something about the appointment of Judge Wiggs. The man is clearly completely out of touch with reality.
In the US, it would be easy... he simply wouldn't be re-elected.
In this country, it seems that judges are answerable to no one, once they've been appointed?
As we can see here, that can lead to some very unsuitable people remaining in office, their position unchallenged.....
That cannot be right?....
5 years -- for those offences?........you just know who the judge is going to be, before you even read the name! It really is time to do something about the appointment of Judge Wiggs. The man is clearly completely out of touch with reality. In the US, it would be easy... he simply wouldn't be re-elected. In this country, it seems that judges are answerable to no one, once they've been appointed? As we can see here, that can lead to some very unsuitable people remaining in office, their position unchallenged..... That cannot be right?.... Arjay

5:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Gingertree says...

Wired differently!? He should be wired into an electric chair. I'd even happily pay the lecky bill and throw the switch
Wired differently!? He should be wired into an electric chair. I'd even happily pay the lecky bill and throw the switch Gingertree

5:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Judge Wiggs strikes again the perverts friend!
Judge Wiggs strikes again the perverts friend! itsneverblackorwhite

5:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Huey says...

I hope he dies in prison
I hope he dies in prison Huey

6:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Wackerone wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks
What about the women?
Cut their tongues out
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I really have no time for any paedophile! I feel anyone who is found guilty of being one should be castrated by two house bricks[/p][/quote]What about the women?[/p][/quote]Cut their tongues out nickynoodah

6:13pm Wed 29 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Down Exeter
Down Exeter nickynoodah

6:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Cheeks22 says...

Whyyyyyyy has Judge Wiggs not been sacked yet!!
Whyyyyyyy has Judge Wiggs not been sacked yet!! Cheeks22

8:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DUCKFEEDER says...

life,out in a box, no he has no rights before you bleeding hearts pop up
life,out in a box, no he has no rights before you bleeding hearts pop up DUCKFEEDER

8:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

missbuntycollocks wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
missbuntycollocks wrote:
Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.
A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****.
I still feel its a better punishment than prison.
I can't understand why the word L.U.S.T. was censored....blimey we do live in 'precious' times.......
[quote][p][bold]missbuntycollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]missbuntycollocks[/bold] wrote: Paedophiles will never be rehabilitated. Chemically castrate them to prevent more innocent children being abused.[/p][/quote]A so called 'expert' said some years ago that this did not work either, as it only frustrated the tendency still latent and often lead to the victims being murdered by the paedophiles to satisfy their ****.[/p][/quote]I still feel its a better punishment than prison.[/p][/quote]I can't understand why the word L.U.S.T. was censored....blimey we do live in 'precious' times....... O'Reilly

8:55pm Wed 29 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Cheeks22 wrote:
Whyyyyyyy has Judge Wiggs not been sacked yet!!
As the Yanks say: "go figure".
[quote][p][bold]Cheeks22[/bold] wrote: Whyyyyyyy has Judge Wiggs not been sacked yet!![/p][/quote]As the Yanks say: "go figure". O'Reilly

9:05pm Wed 29 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Is it possible that judge Wiggs as some understanding.of how this man's mind works.?What does he expect this sentence will achieve.certainty not a change of sexual preference.And defiantly not a rehabilitationhostel near his house when he walks out of some open prison in a few years.Would be a step forward if it were possible to Sue a judge if you or yours became a victims of someone that had been given a less than adequate sentence in this case life or until being accessed as safe to walk the streets
Is it possible that judge Wiggs as some understanding.of how this man's mind works.?What does he expect this sentence will achieve.certainty not a change of sexual preference.And defiantly not a rehabilitationhostel near his house when he walks out of some open prison in a few years.Would be a step forward if it were possible to Sue a judge if you or yours became a victims of someone that had been given a less than adequate sentence in this case life or until being accessed as safe to walk the streets kalebmoledirt

9:47pm Wed 29 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Judge Wiggs strikes again the perverts friend!
Yes.......there seems to be a pattern.
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Judge Wiggs strikes again the perverts friend![/p][/quote]Yes.......there seems to be a pattern. O'Reilly

11:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

LordLilliput says...

Not wishing to detract from the severity of the crime but reporting that an offender 'has been caged' is probably one of the most amateur terminologies I have ever heard. Please write with a bit more credibility, the gravity of such appalling crimes deserve better.
Not wishing to detract from the severity of the crime but reporting that an offender 'has been caged' is probably one of the most amateur terminologies I have ever heard. Please write with a bit more credibility, the gravity of such appalling crimes deserve better. LordLilliput

6:56am Thu 30 Jan 14

realvegas1 says...

i would love to meet the people who either create these guidelines for these judges to work in line with or the judges themselves, and ask where the logic is in the amount of time that they hand out to people that like to sexually damage children.! You see week in week out these same judges handing down double figure sentences for people involved with drugs, money laundering, violence etc. I`d sooner have the sentences switched from the nonces getting lengthy ones to a drug dealer getting 5 years! makes you wander if the judges and whoever else involved are not bias in which way they swing in sentencing from case to case. all wrongens in my books. bare faced wrongens. they need investigating themselves.
i would love to meet the people who either create these guidelines for these judges to work in line with or the judges themselves, and ask where the logic is in the amount of time that they hand out to people that like to sexually damage children.! You see week in week out these same judges handing down double figure sentences for people involved with drugs, money laundering, violence etc. I`d sooner have the sentences switched from the nonces getting lengthy ones to a drug dealer getting 5 years! makes you wander if the judges and whoever else involved are not bias in which way they swing in sentencing from case to case. all wrongens in my books. bare faced wrongens. they need investigating themselves. realvegas1

2:00am Fri 31 Jan 14

Understated says...

every pedophile should be locked up for 100 years minus the victims age.
every pedophile should be locked up for 100 years minus the victims age. Understated

12:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gileto says...

LordLilliput wrote:
Not wishing to detract from the severity of the crime but reporting that an offender 'has been caged' is probably one of the most amateur terminologies I have ever heard. Please write with a bit more credibility, the gravity of such appalling crimes deserve better.
Yes - what does this mean - "has been caged" - are we talking about a parrot here? 'Cops' is bad enough. Please use the appropriate terminology when reporting serious (and other) issues - or cross the Atlantic and write for the New York Times instead - and/or stop watching trash US TV. Very unprofessional.
[quote][p][bold]LordLilliput[/bold] wrote: Not wishing to detract from the severity of the crime but reporting that an offender 'has been caged' is probably one of the most amateur terminologies I have ever heard. Please write with a bit more credibility, the gravity of such appalling crimes deserve better.[/p][/quote]Yes - what does this mean - "has been caged" - are we talking about a parrot here? 'Cops' is bad enough. Please use the appropriate terminology when reporting serious (and other) issues - or cross the Atlantic and write for the New York Times instead - and/or stop watching trash US TV. Very unprofessional. gileto

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