Met police officer who sent explicit texts and photos to ’13 year old girl ‘imprisoned after stabbing
Mark Collins, former Met police officer, jailed for two years and four months after admitting a string of child crimes
A police officer who once participated in child abuse investigations has today been jailed for more than two years for sending explicit photos of himself to a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl.
Mark Collins told the “teen” that she was “very attractive” and asked if she had sexual urges after contacting her through the Kik messaging service.
Collins, who joined the police force in 1991, urged her to delete the sexual photos and all messages in between so that her mother wouldn’t see them.
He also induced her to engage in sexual activity by performing a sexual act on herself.
Collins called her a ‘beautiful young woman’ and ‘hot’ and sent her pictures of his penis, unaware that the recipient was an undercover cop.
Collins, 58, admitted that he tried to induce a child to engage in sexual activity once and attempted sexual communication with a child six times.
He retired in February after 29 years of service before he could be fired and lose his pension.
The Old Bailey learned that Collins’ messages alternated between “ fatherly compassion ” and instructions on how to perform sexual acts.
He told the girl that he was an insurance researcher and asked her if she had “naughty urges” and if she “played with herself.”
Collins, who wore a red and blue tie over a light blue shirt, bowed his head in shame when The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft, told him he was going to jail.
Judge Lucraft said, “I make it clear that you have, in fact, pleaded guilty on all matters and you will receive full credit for your pleas of guilt.
Obviously, many of the messages you sent were explicit, explaining what you were imagining.
During his hearing on the conviction in the Old Bailey (pictured), the court heard that Collins was sending explicit messages to a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was an undercover cop.
Some of the images you provide are very concerning. There are repeated warnings to delete the emails.
‘The exchanges show that you tried to get a girl to participate [sex acts].
“The incitement attempt is the most serious of the offenses here.”
Judge Lucraft said Collins’ messages were “highly sexual,” adding that the severity of his behavior was categorized by “grooming and age differences.”
Earlier, David Povall told the court: “ Between November 4 and November 25, 2019, this defendant, who at the time was a police officer on duty, engaged in sexual communication with a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl.
‘The costs relate to online conversations with the Kik application on six different dates.’
Mr. Povall said the decoy told Collins she was 13 years old and he replied ‘you look beautiful’.
He continued: ‘There was talk about her movements, his movements, how she was doing at school.
Met Officer Mark Collins, who admitted trying to nurse a 13-year-old girl, was found guilty of gross misconduct after leaving the force and a panel found he had been fired
There was a discussion about the possibility of their meeting, but it was never more than an idea that came up and talked about where that might happen.
Conversations started when the defendant approached the decoy and said, “Hello, you look like a lovely lady, we should talk.”
Mr Povall said Collins sent the decoy a ‘series of pictures of his penis’ while on vacation in Malta on Nov. 19.
He added, “The defendant asked that she be careful to delete the conversation.”
Collins then went on to provide ‘detailed instructions on how’ [perform a sex act]’on November 24, two days before his arrest.
Mr Povall said: ‘After discussing her sexual arousal, he proceeds to provide instructions or advice on how to do [perform a sex act].
“The decoy pretends to agree with his suggestions and does what he suggests during the conversation.”
Collins said to the decoy the next day, “It’s a shame your mom came back early” after the decoy ended the previous conversation by saying her mom had returned home.
The officer was arrested at work on November 26, 2019 and said nothing during a police interview.
Karen Robinson, said defensively, “ This is a case where there was no physical contact or conversation with a real child, no actual harm was caused by the abusive behavior, and second, in this case, no actual harm could have been caused if receiver. was an undercover cop. ‘
She described the insult as a “ spectacular fall from grace, ” but argued that Collins was not using his position as a police officer to encourage sexual activity.
“It was really insulting as Mark Collins and not as cop Mark Collins,” Ms. Robinson said.
He hadn’t tried to use his position to persuade the recipient in these messages to take any particular action.
While it’s part of the background in this case, it’s not a factor to make it worse.
He wasn’t there because he was younger than his, he was telling the truth.
“We invite the court to determine in the Mark Collins case that his story is profound and honest.”
Collins, of Fleet, Hampshire, has admitted six charges of attempting to communicate with a person for the purpose of obtaining sexual satisfaction and one of causing sexual penetration in a child between the ages of 13 and 15, between November 4, 2019 and November 25, 2019.
He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and was subject to a ten-year injunction to prevent sexual harm.
After his release, Collins must notify the police of his whereabouts for ten years.