'Dangerous and predatory' man sentenced over 'despicable' sexual abuse 

The 52-year-old was handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence along with an Order of Lifelong Restriction.

‘Dangerous and predatory’ man sentenced over ‘despicable’ online sexual abuse at Edinburgh High Court Police Scotland

A “dangerous and predatory” man has been put behind bars after being found guilty of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Mark Fordham, 52, was handed an Order of Lifelong Restriction along with a two-and-a-half-year custodial sentence for the offences, which he pled guilty to at the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

He was arrested following an intelligence-led police operation by Police Scotland.

Detective inspector Bruce Ward said: “Mark Fordham is a dangerous and predatory individual who will now face the consequences of his despicable actions.

“Online offenders may think they are anonymous. They are not. No matter what steps they take to avoid detection, you cannot hide behind a computer screen. We will find you.

“We remain fully committed to protecting children and bringing anyone involved in these abhorrent crimes to justice. Any form of child sexual abuse is a serious criminal offence and a priority for officers.

“I would urge anyone with any concerns about a child at risk of abuse, or a potential victim, to contact us immediately.”​

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