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Child sex attack man faces jail

PUBLISHED: 14:31 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A MAN who sexually assaulted a young boy is facing the prospect of jail today after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences at Ipswich Crown Court.

A MAN who sexually assaulted a young boy is facing the prospect of jail today after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences at Ipswich Crown Court.

Mark Clark also admitted to having 15 hours of child pornography on his home computer

In a hearing before Judge John Devaux the 33-year-old pleaded guilty four charges of indecently assaulting the youngster.

The charges relate to the period between March 1, 1999, and April 26, 2001.

Clark also pleaded guilty to four charges of taking indecent photographs of a child under 16 years of age. These offences were said to have occurred during the same period.

Clark also agreed that he had committed six offences of possessing indecent photographs of children between March 1, 1999 and April 26, 2001, with a view to distributing or showing them to others.

However during the hearing Clark did plead not guilty to the rape of the young boy – a charge which was left on file.

The court heard that the boy's mother had requested that the pleas be accepted so her son did not have the ordeal of giving evidence at a trial.

Judge Devaux was also told that Clark, who was released on conditional bail, had about 15 hours of still and moving indecent images, mainly of boys, on his computer which was seized by police.

Judge Devaux decided to ask for pre sentence reports on Clark before making a decision about his future.

However Judge Devaux did warn Clark, who now lives in Queens Road, Leicester, it is probable that he will face jail for the crimes he committed against the youngster.

He said: "This is very serious offence and it is likely a prison sentence will follow."

Clark, who wore a black leather jacket during the hearing which lasted less than 15 minutes, is to be sentenced on December 10.


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