Prolific paedophile is HIV positive
Sex offender and accomplice groomed young boys online before filming their sexual abuse
Tuesday 15 October 2013
A prolific paedophile who groomed vulnerable adolescent boys across the country with an accomplice before recording their sexual abuse is HIV positive, it has been revealed.
Anthony Marsh, 53, and 39-year-old Lee Davis have already admitted to dozens of sex offences against boys between the ages of 13 and 17.
Salesman Marsh, who has the disease that causes Aids, and Davis, unemployed, targetted and befriended vulnerable teenage boys using social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo, along with specialist gay dating websites.
After grooming their victims they would meet up with them and sexually abusing them.
Aside from the string of offences the pair already admitted to at Sheffield Crown Court last month, detectives believe there may be even more victims, who have yet to be traced.
The Crown Prosecution Service decided it will not proceed with a small number of additional allegations denied by the pair.
Marsh and Davis, who both lived near Doncaster, were married and had their own families.
South Yorkshire Police said Davis filmed teenagers at his home or in his van. Officers believe that Marsh distributed some of the footage he recorded himself over the web.
Det Insp Delphine Waring said the pair spent hours online gaining the trust of their victims.
“Both were family men, both leading double lives,” the detective said.
“As well as all the victims of these appalling crimes, the families of both of these men are victims as well.
“Their families have been completely betrayed by the horrendous activity that both of these men have been undergoing.
“Their crimes are absolutely despicable. They've preyed on vulnerable young boys who have every right, in this day and age, to be able to experiment and use the internet.
“And especially young boys who are perhaps confused about their sexuality, it should be perhaps a safe environment for them to be able to experiment and explore online.
“However, both of these men - obviously vastly older than all of the child victims - have gained their trust, have preyed on that vulnerability and groomed them entirely for the purpose of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
Det Insp Waring said there was no evidence that Marsh and Davis knew each other before they met online.
The offences took place in an eight-year period from 2005 until June this year.
Marsh and Davis will be sentenced in December.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming the street artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Are you ready for Crazy Doritos, the red-hot snack food craze sweeping Mexico’s streets?
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'