A “sexual predator doctor” has been jailed after trying to arrange abuse on a seven-year-old girl.
Mark Carrington, from Radlett, admitted that he arranged / facilitated the gift of a sexual offense against a child and three cases of having taken an indecent photograph of a child.
The 49-year-old worked as a consultant anesthetist at London’s Royal Free Hospital at the time of his arrest in Finchley – although no evidence was found that the crimes were linked to his role.
He was caught after secret police became engaged to Carrington online before arranging to meet another fictional person to sexually exploit a child together.
Detective Jim Miller said: “Carrington’s actions showed that he was a serious danger to children because he thought he had arranged a meeting where he would carry out sexual abuse of a child.
“What’s even more worrying is that Carrington had a major role of trust in his medical role, and even though he knew what he was doing was completely wrong, he continued.”
He pleaded guilty in January, was detained and sentenced today (April 1) at St Albans Crown Court to 28 months in prison.
He was also given six months at the same time for the allegations of decent photographs, issued a preventive decision on sexual harm and must sign the register for sex offenders for 10 years.
Detective Inspector Andy Buckthorpe welcomed the verdict, adding “we hope the public feels safer in the knowledge that this sexual predator, which was a significant risk to children, is now behind bars”.
He said the Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit (NWROCU), which carried out the operation, as well as British forces and authorities are determined to “protect children from depraved and dangerous perpetrators like Carrington”.
“Border control operates over the internet and we will use all available tactics and technological advances to ensure that people cannot and will not get away with the horrific crimes they have committed,” he continued.
“I would urge anyone who has been the victim of child abuse, or believes that a child is being abused, to contact the 101 police immediately, where a report can be made in confidence.”