Brixton paedophile who boasted about abusing children caught sharing abuse videos on fetish website

By Staff

A paedophile who boasted about molesting young children was caught sharing baby abuse videos with sick predators on a fetish website. Mark Penfold, 53, of Turberville House, Brixton, was arrested in 2009 and 2015 for ‘similar’ indecent images offences, but the investigations were dropped ahead of his third arrest in December last year, Inner London Crown Court heard on Tuesday, March 12.

Police raced to Penfold’s South London flat on December 18, 2023, after he told an undercover police officer he had abused young children. But a subsequent investigation into his claims found no evidence to back them up. Judge Ian Darling said the boasts were ‘worrying’ because ‘it shows a specific interest’, but added ‘on the face of the material before me it appears more fantasy than real’.

When the dad-of-three’s home was raided, police seized three mobile phones, including a Samsung which contained 361 indecent images and videos, including 122 Category A, the worst kind. The images include a video of the rape of a one-year-old baby.

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Prosecutor Gregor McKinley said Penfold spoke to an undercover officer for around two weeks, sharing parental abuse fantasies and details of the child sexual abuse content he had been looking at online. He also admitted to sharing the vile content with other sick users.

“He admitted occasionally, and in a limited way, he had shared images with other like-minded people across the fetish network, and that’s what gave rise to the distribution charges,” Mr McKinley told the court.

“He also claimed he had taken part in illegal activities with minors, so police decided to arrest him on December 18. What Mr Penfold said has been investigated and there’s nothing to suggest that this activity took place.”

Penfold answered no comment under questioning, but pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images and three counts of making indecent images at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on December 19 last year.

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Paedo blamed his sick behaviour on mental health problems

On Tuesday, Penfold was self-represented as he blamed drug addiction and childhood trauma for his deviant behaviour. Gripping his handwritten mitigation speech, he stammered about being ‘deeply ashamed, sickened, and disgusted’, adding ‘I fully blame what I did on cocaine addiction and mental health issues’.

But Judge Darling decided only immediate custody could protect the public, noting Penfold’s ‘particular interest in parents abusing children’ and his admission ‘age was a significant exciting factor’. Judge Darling also said the ‘specific naming’ of alleged victims was ‘worrying’ even if the evidence before him suggested Penfold’s abuse claims were fantastical.

“The worst images involved the penetration of the vagina and mouth of a very young child who must have been in distress. I expect you did not consider for a moment the distress those children must have been going through because your sexual interests override any thought of what was going on,” said Judge Darling.

As Judge Darling sentenced Penfold to 20 months in prison, he concluded the paedophile’s interests are ‘an entrenched issue’ and he would need the help of prison services to stop repeat offending.

Penfold was also given an eight year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and was put on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

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