April 2020

‘Perverted’ Whitby paedophile had child rape footage in his sick collection

Specialist detectives from North Yorkshire Police have brought a perverted Whitby man to justice and helped to save a young girl in America from further sexual abuse.

Mark Anthony Boyce, aged 56, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, at York Crown Court on Thursday, April 23 after previously pleading guilty to a series of indecent images of children (IIOC) offences.

These included making 11,145 of the most serious Category A images, 12,177 Category B images and 121,047 Category C images.

He also admitted distributing two Category C images, possessing 150 prohibited images of a child and possessing 114 extreme pornographic images.

Boyce, who had been remanded in custody for six months following his arrest and charge to his appearance at court for the sentencing, also has to complete a course of rehabilitation and has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.

He was caught after information was received by North Yorkshire Police in early 2019 that IIOC had been shared online from an address in Whitby.

Following further work to develop the intelligence, North Yorkshire Police’s Online Abuse and Exploitation Team arrested Boyce on October 15 2019.

Searches were conducted at his home and work addresses, as well as in the vehicles he used.

This resulted in the seizure of a laptop, mobile phone and tablet devices which were subjected to in-depth analysis by the force’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Enquiries were also conducted into Boyce’s involvement with a local swimming club where he was the chairman and a coach.

Concerned parents can be reassured that no related offences came to light during the investigation.

The investigation took an even more sinister turn regarding two videos in Boyce’s sickening collection which appeared to show a man raping a girl aged between ten and 12.

Working with US law agencies and the Queensland Police Service in Australia who were also running an investigation, DC Clair Gascoyne and the team were able to help identify both the victim and the suspect – Jesse Anthony Garcia, aged 29, of Goodyear, Arizona.

He was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor on March 22, 2020 and appeared at Maricopa County Superior Court the following day.

Garcia was held in custody on a $1 million bond and will appear before the court again in due course.

Thankfully, the child victim has been safeguarded from further alleged abuse.