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Paedophile jailed after grooming teenage girl online

34-year-old Caudery persuaded the 14-year-old victim to send him indecent images of herself Photo: BPM Media

A Birmingham paedophile who groomed a teenage girl he met in an online chat room and then had sex with her, has been jailed for three years.

Mark Caudery, who persuaded the 14-year-old victim to send him indecent images of herself, was caught after she told a school mentor what had been going on.

34-year-old Caudery of Sheffield Road, Kings Heath, who had previously admitted inciting a child to engage a child in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity with a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and two charges of making indecent images, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

The city’s crown court heard that Caudery was 32 when he first met the girl in a chat room for people with depression.

She was suffering from that illness following the death of her father.

These matters came to light and to the attention of the police on March 31 last year when she made disclosures to her mentor that she had met a man online and there had been sexual contact with him.

– Amy Jacobs, prosecuting
When the defendant was arrested police found 280 indecent child images on his computer Credit: BPM Media

About 15 or 16 months beforehand the victim’s mother had noticed there was something not right with her, and she had read messages on her daughter’s Facebook page which were clearly inappropriate.

She contacted Caudery and thought she had ended the friendship but it continued with him meeting the girl and having sex with her.

When the defendant was arrested police found 280 indecent child images on his computer, including pictures of the victim and a video.

You are a self-confessed paedophile and have been for many years. I sentence you on the basis that this was not simply a chance meeting in that particular chat room.

By going into that chat room you were deliberately seeking contact with a vulnerable child.

You groomed her over a period of many months, you gained her trust and it ended up with her sending you images over the internet which were indecent.

There was a real degree of persuasion by you in getting her to send that video. She became beholden to you because she thought like a child.

You charmed your way into her affections, not just because you liked her but because you had a sexual interest in children.

– Judge Richard Bond
A general view of Birmingham Crown Court Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/PA Images

He is desperate to stop re-offending.

He does not want to find himself in this position again.

– Samantha Forsythe, defending

The judge said another aggravating factor was the large disparity between their ages, and the defendant had carried on even after he had been warned off by the girl’s mother.