Selsey paedophile jailed by judge

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A PAEDOPHILE from Selsey was sentenced to six years in prison today (January 14).

Mark Sorenson, 50, of Harcourt Way, appeared at Chichester Crown Court having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 12 child sex offences.

Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said; “We began the investigation when information was received from another force that Sorenson had been posing on-line as a young girl, and was trying to entice another young girl into committing indecent acts.

“When we searched his address and examined his computer we found the evidence of this activity, and also indecent images of children.”

Sorenson was sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment and was also served with a sexual offences prevention order, severely restricting his access to children and computers, to last indefinitely, as well as being required to register as a sex offender for life.

Three years of the prsion sentence are to be served in prison, and the other three are to be served on a release licence.

He had pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity in 2013, with arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence between 2011 and 2013, and with ten offences of making indecent images of children during the period 2010 to 2013.

The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an investigation by detectives from West Sussex CID.

A Sussex Police spokesman said there was no evidence that any local children were involved in the offences, or were at risk in any other way.