‘Depraved’ paedophile from Runcorn sent down for three years and nine months
A ‘sexual predator’ from Runcorn who subjected a young girl to series of sick assaults has been caged for three years and nine months.
Paedophile Mark Corless, 40, of De Lacy Row, Castlefields, was sent down on Monday at Chester Crown Court.
Prosecutor Simon Mills said suspicions were raised over Corless after a relative of the victim discovered a text message featuring sexual content and kisses from Corless on the girl’s mobile phone.
A deeper search of the device revealed more exchanges including one that said ‘fancy earning yourself £5?’ followed by an invitation to meet him, and another in which he asked over the whereabouts of ‘20 condoms’ and a reply featuring sexual content from the victim.
There was also reference to ‘meeting in the woods’ and a message in which he told her he ‘wanted her to be his secret girlfriend’.
The girl’s mother was alerted and she told the police.
In video interview the girl revealed details of six occasions in which she had been assaulted including one incident at a park, following which he gave her £15.
Corless was arrested and gave a ‘no comment’ interview. He later pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault of a female under 13.
Mr Mills told the court Corless had two convictions for three offences, none of them sexual.
Judge Roger Dutton, presiding, imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order prohibiting Corless from unsupervised contact with children under 16 and from using internet devices with no facility to save the browsing history and requiring such items to be available to the police to view.
Sentencing Corless to three years and nine months in prison he told him he had behaved in an ‘awful and depraved manner’.
Sending him down he said: “You took thorough and complete sexual advantage of a young girl.”
He added: “The pre-sentence report which I have looked at is worrying because in more than one instance, you seek to portray yourself as the victim, making very disparaging remarks and trying to shift responsibility from you the adult to a child.
“You must get it in firmly in your head that you were the adult, you were responsible entirely for what went on and you should have been protecting this girl from sexual predators and that includes you.
“The fact is you saw her as an easy way to fulfil your sexual needs.
“What you did was disgusting and depraved and the impact upon her will be lasting.”