March 2018

Pervert jailed – Possessing indecent images

A predator who posed as celebrities to target schoolgirls online and persuade them to send nude pictures of themselves has been jailed

Mark Burrisson, 43, used Skype to contact the victims, who he did not know, and persuaded them to send him photographs and perform sexual acts.

He targeted 11 girls aged 11 to 15.

Officers from the Essex Police’s Online Investigation Team (POLIT) seized his computers in February 2016 after executing a warrant.

They found 182 indecent images and reviewed hundreds of Skype chat logs.

Burrisson, formerly of Fenton Road, in Chafford Hundred, was charged with 11 counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, 3 counts of possessing or making indecent photographs of children, 1 count of possession of prohibited images of children and 1 count of possession of extreme pornographic images.

He denied the charges and stood trial at Basildon Crown Court from March 13, 2018 to March 21, 2018.

A jury convicted him on all counts on March 21, 2018.

He was jailed for a total of two years.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.