Evil Burnley pervert could be behind bars for life

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AN “evil” pervert who had three-in-a-bed sex sessions with schoolgirls has been given an indeterminate jail term to protect the public – and he may never be released.

Burnley Crown Court heard how father-of-two Mark Jacques (41) carried out a campaign of abuse against three young victims, raping one by having full intercourse with her after he had groomed her. Jacques, who had a topless picture of the vulnerable girl on his mobile phone, was arrested and quizzed by police last May but claimed he had done absolutely nothing wrong.

The defendant, of Rylands Street, Burnley, a convicted benefits cheat, had earlier admitted four charges of rape, five counts of sexual assault on a child, three allegations of assaulting a child by penetration, two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two charges of sexual activity with a child.

Jacques must serve at least nine years, less 32 days, before the Parole Board can consider if it is safe for him to be released.He was banned from working with children and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and was given a life-long sexual offences prevention order, prohibiting him from having contact with or associating with children under 16.

Mr John Broadley (prosecuting) said that in April 2010, two of the girls complained about the defendant’s behaviour and all three victims were then video interviewed by police.

The first girl told officers that Jacques had kissed her on the lips, touched her over and under her clothing, committed sex acts and then had intercourse with her. The victim said that the defendant told her she was special and that he loved her and wanted to get her pregnant.

Mr Broadley said that the second victim said that the defendant kissed her passionately, touched her and committed sex acts. She, the other girl and Jacques were together naked in bed. The third victim told police Jacques had fondled her.

When the defendant was arrested, he said that he had no idea how the picture of the first girl had got on his phone.

The prosecutor added that the first girl had told police the abuse had left her angry, her schooling had suffered and she had been to see her doctor.

Miss Kathryn Johnson (defending) said that Jacques was well aware he would receive a substantial custodial sentence. The offences were committed when he was drinking and smoking cannabis to excess. The offences had caused anger in the community and he had attempted suicide.

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt said that Jacques, whose thinking was distorted, had subjected the girls to evil and had minimised his actions to blame them, even though none of it was their fault.

She said: “You are a very manipulative man and you corrupted the girls for your own perverted ends. The effect of this sentence is that you may never be released.”

Speaking after sentencing, DC Dave Hanna said: “Jacques subjected three young children to a series of serious sexual assaults which will no doubt have a prolonged effect on them and their family. The children have shown enormous courage by coming forward and the family has shown extreme dignity during the investigation and court hearings.

“Whilst Jacques has not put the family through a trial by pleading guilty, he has shown no remorse when dealing with the police and has never given any explanation as to why he has committed these offences.