Sussex

Selsey man Mark Sorenson jailed for child sex offences

Mark Sorenson Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Mark Sorenson pleaded guilty to the child sex offences at an earlier court hearing

A man has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to 12 child sex offences.

Mark Sorenson, 50, of Harcourt Way, in Selsey, was told at Chichester Crown Court that three years would be in jail and the remainder on a release licence.

He admitted attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, among several other offences.

Police said there was evidence that Sorenson posed as a girl online to carry out some of his crimes.

He also pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and 10 offences of making indecent images of children. His crimes were all committed between 2010 and 2013.

Sorenson, who admitted the charges at an earlier hearing. was issued with an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and told he would be registered as a sex offender indefinitely.

Det Con Paul Gilmour, of Sussex Police, said information was received from another force that Sorenson had posed online as a girl and tried to entice another girl into committing indecent acts.

"When we searched his address and examined his computer we found the evidence of this activity, and also indecent images of children," he said.

There is no evidence that any local children were the victim of his crimes, Sussex Police said.

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