Predator who had sex with a 12-year-old North Warwickshire girl poses ‘risk’ to other young
A man who pressured a 12-year-old girl into sending him indecent pictures of herself and to meet him for sex in a hotel room poses a ‘serious risk to other young girls’
After grooming her for weeks manipulative Mark Greenall had travelled from his home to Nuneaton where he raped and orally raped the north Warwickshire schoolgirl.
Greenall, aged 26 of Ash Grove, Prescot, Liverpool, was jailed for six years after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of raping her and one of orally raping her.
And after ruling that he poses ‘a significant risk of causing serious harm’ to other girls in the future, the judge ordered that at the end of the six year term he should remain on licence for a further five years.
Greenall, who also admitted making indecent images of the girl, distributing images of her and disclosing a ‘private sexual photograph’ with intent to cause distress, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
The court had heard he entered his pleas on the accepted basis that he believed the girl was 16, which is what she had told him when they first made contact through a chat site.
Some of the images he got her to send showed her in school uniform – but when he remarked that she was 16 after she said she was not allowed to have ‘sleep-overs,’ she did not suggest otherwise.
Prosecutor Delroy Henry said that after they had first made contact ‘the defendant embarks on a relentless tsunami of requests for images of her.’
There were persistent and manipulative requests for images of an indecent nature, despite her reluctance, even though he realised she was sexually inexperienced.
When she refused to send him pictures of herself in her underwear or topless, Greenall threatened to print pictures she had already sent him and hand them out at her school, but also encouraged her by offering to send her presents.
Greenall then moved on to introduce the topic of them meeting and going to a hotel room for sex, said Mr Henry.
To punish her for her reluctance to ‘meeting and f***ing me,’ he posted an image of her exposing her breasts on a website and sent her a screen-grab to show what he had done.
He then persuaded the girl to meet him for sex and booked a room at a hotel in Bermuda Park, Nuneaton, before travelling from Liverpool by train on February 12 and checking in with her.
“She had told her mother she was staying at a friend’s house, a lie he had encouraged her to tell, and they checked into room 418 where they spent the night together.
“He undressed her and raped her both orally and vaginally; and the next morning he asked her for sex again, and they embarked on intercourse before showering together and getting dressed and leaving the hotel room,” said Mr Henry.
Matters came to light a few days later when, by chance, her mother saw a Facebook message to the effect that she was no longer a virgin, having slept with her boyfriend in a hotel, which the girl confirmed when challenged about the message.
The police were informed and were able to identify Greenall from CCTV footage of him checking in and the credit card he had used to pay for the room.
When he was arrested, he accepted he had had contact with the girl, but maintained she had said she was 16 and that although he knew she was at school he thought she was in her final year.
Following an adjournment for the judge, Recorder Michael Burrows QC, to consider reports on Greenall, his barrister Charles Crinnion acknowledged that a pre-sentence report had assessed him as posing a high risk to girls under the age of 16.
But he asserted that the probation officer had not been aware of the basis of plea or of a report by a cognitive therapist whose report came to a different conclusion.
But Recorder Burrows questioned whether the therapist had been aware that Greenall had been given a police warning when he was 21 over his contact with a 15-year-old girl.
And of Greenall’s basis that he believed the 12-year-old was 16, Recorder Burrows commented: “It may be he never, in his own mind, wanted to question signs which any reasonable person might have taken as an indication that this girl was very young.”
Mr Crinnion argued: “This was a mistake on his part. In view of the severe lessons he has learned and the cognitive therapy, and now the time he’s spent on remand, it is unlikely in the extreme that he would make the same mistake again.”
But jailing Greenall, and imposing the ‘extended sentence,’ Recorder Burrows told him: “Even on your account you were showing an interest in a girl who was much younger than you.
“She was also someone who was vulnerable, and from her messages it’s clear you knew she was young and inexperienced. You knew she was still at school.
“You told the probation officer that in the hotel she did a silly walk, which you thought was immature. There must have been some alarm bells ringing, but you didn’t take any steps to establish her true age.
“You were simply driven by your own sexual desires. You filmed her as she gave you oral sex and took photos of her naked on the bed.
“It seems to me you were a danger to this victim, and there are other young girls who are willing to lie about their ages. Such girls have to be protected.
“I do not share the view you have learned your lesson. I consider there is a significant risk of you causing serious harm to other young girls.”
Man who travelled from Liverpool to rape girl, 12, in hotel room ‘faces long jail term’
A man travelled from Liverpool to a hotel in Nuneaton to have sex with a 12-year-old girl after chatting with her on social media.
Mark Greenhall exchanged over 400 pages of messages with the youngster before going 120 miles to meet and sexually assault her, Warwick Crown Court was told.
The 26-year-old admitted three counts of raping a child under the age of 13 in February, but claimed he always thought she was 16, prosecutor Siobhan Collins said.
She added: “The allegation is that this defendant befriended through social media a 12-year-old girl and met her and engaged in sexual activity with her.”
Greenhall, of Ash Grove, Prescot , was warned he faces a long prison sentence by Judge Alan Parker who told him he would study a soon-to-be released report on how dangerous he was.
He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register, and released on bail last Friday with conditions not to contact the girl or have any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.
After he was arrested, Warwick Crown Court was told, hundreds of pages of messages between the pair were found on his phone, and Greenhall’s computer was also examined by police.
Greenhall’s case will come back to court in April, before another date is set for his jailing.
Prosecutors have not finished studying all the messages between him and the girl, which could still lead to new evidence being put before the court.
Ms Collins said: “There are at least 400 pages of messages between the defendant and this complainant alone.”
A further hearing, before his sentencing, for Greenhall will take place in April to consider new charges.