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  • 2 December 2013, 19:30

Paedophiles Anthony Marsh And Lee Davis Jailed

Two "predatory" paedophiles, one of whom kept his HIV diagnosis hidden from his victims, have been jailed for life.

Serial offenders Anthony Marsh and Lee Davis have been sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting a string of sexual offences against children they groomed on the internet.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the two men were "predatory and promiscuous" and targeted teenage boys across the north of England through Facebook, Bebo, Skype and specialist gay websites.

Marsh, 53, and Davis, 39, trawled through various sites before engaging boys in conversation and then arranging to meet them.

Marsh, a salesman from Sheffield, and Davis, fromConisborough, between them admitted numerous offences including sexual activity with a child.

Jobless Davis also pleaded guilty to a charge of raping an "extremely vulnerable" 13-year-old boy in his home.

Both offenders were described as "family men" who lead double lives.

Although they are not thought to have known each other, they began working together weaving "an intricate web" to hide their crimes.

They singled out "young, naive and immature" children described as "vulnerable because of their dawning sexuality".

Marsh, who also used the names Tony Taylor and Tony Smith, was caught in a Scarborough hotel in May 2012 when he was spotted with indecent and sadistic images of children "of the most serious level," some involving children as young as three.

Both men filmed their own crimes.

Davis, who also used the name James Parkin, had a library of DVDs featuring his sexual offences hidden behind a wooden panel in the cellar of his home.

Having heard of Marsh's arrest he destroyed many of his computer records but police were able to identify 45,000 text messages on his mobile phone.

The court was told that the victims were aged 13 to 17 and that the abuse took place over a nine-year period.

Marsh was married for many years and did not even tell his wife he was HIV positive.

Attempts by Marsh's barrister to suggest that his "HIV was not an aggravating factor" were described by the judge Julian Goose QC as "rather unrealistic".

He told the defendants that they had boasted on the internet of wanting their victims to be as young as possible.

The boys concerned continue to receive the support of specialist agencies as do the families of Marsh and Davis.

South Yorkshire police believe there may be other victims who have so far not been identified and they have urged anyone who may have been affected to come forward.

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