Dorset

Mark Luscombe jailed after undercover child abuse operation

Mark Luscombe Image copyright dorset police
Image caption Mark Luscombe contacted a US official who was posing as a paedophile

A British man caught in an undercover US and UK police operation has been jailed for trying to arrange for a child to be abused to order online.

Mark Luscombe, 29, of Verwood, Dorset, contacted a US Homeland Security officer who was posing as a paedophile.

He offered to send the officer indecent images of children in exchange for watching a girl being abused on webcam.

Luscombe was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to 16 sexual offences at Bournemouth Crown Court.

'Wired differently'

When he was arrested at his home near Bournemouth in December, police found more than 150 indecent images of children on his computer.

During questioning Luscombe told officers he was "wired differently".

Matthew J Etre, attaché for US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in London, said: "Protecting children from exploitation is one of the most important missions we have and, as this case demonstrates, it takes the collaboration of law enforcement agencies around the world to tackle this crime."

At a previous appearance, Luscombe pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, as well as eight counts of making indecent photographs of a child and five counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child,

He also pleaded guilty to another offence of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

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