DJ who sexually abused young boys jailed for 17 yearsÂ

A DJ and former parish councillor has been jailed for a total of 17 years for a range of sexual offences against young boys.Â

Friday, 12th October 2018, 3:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th October 2018, 4:04 am
Mark McCormick. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

Mark McCormick, 49 of Griffon Close, Bursledon, was given the lengthy jail sentence at Southampton Crown Court today (October 12). 

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He had previously pleaded guilty to 14 offences against eight different victims between 1997 and 2011. These were:

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Mark McCormick. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

- One count of rape

- One count of gross indecency with a child under 14

- Seven counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16

- Three counts of gross indecency with a child under 16

- One count of sexual assault

- One count of taking on indecent photographs of a child under 18

McCormick was sentenced to a total of 17 years. 

Detective Inspector Gareth Jones, from the Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: '˜This investigation involved a close knit community in which Mark McCormick was fully ingratiated.

'˜He used his position as a DJ and a parish councillor to target impressionable young boys and abuse this trust in the most appalling of ways.

'˜He created opportunities to spend time alone with them and to sexually abuse them.

'˜I would like to highlight the courage, resilience and patience of the victims and witnesses who re-lived their experiences and exposed Mark McCormick as the sexual predator he was.

'˜It has been a long road for these victims and expert advice from the Crown Prosecution Service has helped us bring McCormick to justice.'