January 2019

Birmingham paedophile groomed victims in Canada ‘thinking he wouldn’t get caught’

A Birmingham paedophile who groomed teenage girls in Canada has been jailed for 40 months.

Mark Shortt, aged 45, from Quinton, thought he wouldn’t get caught if he targeted girls living overseas.

But what he didn’t realise is that Canadian police shared information with their colleagues in the West Midlands.

The mother of one of his victims found that her teenage daughter had been exchanging indecent images with Shortt who was posing as a 24-year-old man.

She contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who in turn contacted West Midlands Police’s Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team.

They carried out an investigation into Shortt’s activities and eventually charged him.

He appeared at Wolverhampton crown court on a string of charges.

These were: two counts of causing a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of sexual communication with a child under 13 and one count of attempting to cause a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also faced two counts of causing a child under 13 to look at an image of sexual activity and one count of attempting to cause a child under 13 to look at an image of sexual activity.

Shortt, of Honeysuckle Close, pleaded guilty and on Friday January 25 he was sentenced to 40 months in jail and was also placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.