A TWISTED ex-BBC Radio One DJ who was found GUILTY of arranging sex with young kids has today been jailed for 12 years.
Sick Mark Page, 63, was guilty of “grotesque sexual abuse” of poverty-stricken kids as young as 12 in the Philippines.
Sick Mark Page, 63, has been jailed for 12 yearsCredit: BackGrid
The ex-DJ was guilty of “grotesque sexual abuse” of poverty-stricken kids as young as 12 in the PhilippinesCredit: PA
In one incident, Page tried to bargain down the price for one sexual encounter with a girl aged 12 and a boy of 13.
He said 3,000 pesos – around £44 at today’s exchange rate – was too much.
The divorced dad-of-three from Stockton, Teesside, was convicted on Wednesday of four counts of arranging the commission of a child sex offence, between 2016 and 2019.
Two of the charges related to contact he had via a webcam from his home, while two happened during his frequent trips to the Philippines.
One of his victims, a waitress then aged 13 with no father and who was the eldest of six children, has been traced and now lives in a place of safety, Teesside Crown Court heard.
The divorced dad-of-three worked at Radio One in the 1980s and had a lengthy career in broadcasting.
Page had denied all offences throughout his trial, claiming he had been hacked.
Judge Paul Watson QC today jailed him for 12 years and imposed a life-long Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The judge said: “The offences of which you have been convicted involve the grotesque sexual abuse of young children for your own sexual gratification.
“You took advantage of the poverty and deprivation in an under-developed country in which children are routinely forced, through economic and social deprivation, into acts of prostitution.
“Your sole purpose was to engage children, as young as 12, in vile sexual activity to satisfy your perverted appetites.
“It did not matter to you that you were robbing them of the innocence of their childhoods, it did not matter to you what long-term trauma and emotional damage you were leading them to.
“You obviously delighted in their humiliation and the satisfaction of your own corrupt sexual desires.
“This was, in my view, the very embodiment of depravity.”
Sick Page used frequent business trips to the Philippines – as well as charity work – as a cover for his perverted interest in underage sex.
Facebook alerted a charity following concerns raised about messaging on its platform.
Analysts studied a tablet, mobile phone and computer tower and checked his Skype activity, texts, bank account and money transfers before charging him.
Jo Kidd, prosecuting, said it was recently estimated that 60,000 children in the Philippines had been forced into prostitution.
She said the situation had been made worse by “crippling poverty” caused by lockdown.
The prosecutor also drew parallels with higher profile paedophiles than Page during her damning closing speech to the jury yesterday.
Miss Kidd said: “Some of you may be old enough to remember Jim’ll Fix It. You will remember watching It’s a Knockout.
“You will remember revelling in the size of Gary Glitter’s shoes.
“They were people who were spoken highly of, even people who were knighted by the Queen.”
Miss Kidd continued: “I am not saying this on the basis that just because Mr Page was a Radio One DJ, that it makes him guilty of these offences.
“But it is worth noting, when one puts on a public face, when one carries out charity work, it does not mean the underbelly of their sexual depravity is not real.”
Page, of Ingleby Barwick, Teesside had no previous dealings with police and was of previously good character.
He was well known on Teesside as the match announcer at Middlesbrough FC games for 20 years.
Detective Sergeant Kevin Carter from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team welcomed the sentence and said it may act as a deterrent for others.
He added: “The court heard how Page attempted to present himself as a respectable and credible individual, yet his actions betrayed the trust and confidence of many people, not least his family and close friends.”
The divorced dad-of-three worked at Radio One in the 1980sCredit: BackGrid