- Mark Carrington, 49, from Radlett, Hertfordshire, was caught in police operation
- An undercover officer using a fictional identity engaged with Carrington online
- Carrington agreed to meet another fictional person on the agreement that they would sexually abuse a seven-year-old girl together
- He was today sentenced to more than two years in jail at St Alban’s Crown Court
A consultant anaesthetist at London‘s Royal Free Hospital who tried to meet a seven-year-old girl for sex was today jailed for more than two years.
Mark Carrington, 49, from Radlett, Hertfordshire, was caught in an undercover police operation.
North West Regional Organised Crime Unit’s operation saw an undercover officer using a fictional identity engage with Carrington online.
Carrington agreed to meet another fictional person on the agreement that they would sexually abuse a seven-year-old girl together.
The 49-year-old was arrested on Wednesday 26 January this year by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Child Online Safeguarding Team in Finchley, London.
Carrington was working as a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Free in London when he was arrested.
He was suspended and the police investigation found no evidence of the offences being linked to Carrington’s job role.
The 49-year-old was today sentenced at St Alban’s Crown Court after he previously pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sexual offence and three charges of downloading indecent photographs of children.
He was also issued with a sexual harm prevention order and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Detective Sergeant Jim Miller, of the Child Online Safeguarding Team, said: ‘Carrington’s actions showed he is a serious danger to children as he believed he had arranged a meeting in which he would carry out the sexual abuse of a child.
‘What is additionally concerning is that Carrington occupied a great position of trust in his medical role and although he knew what he was doing was utterly wrong, he carried on.
‘Our goal will always be to safeguard children from predators and ensure those who choose to commit these crimes are charged, convicted and jailed so they cannot present a danger to anyone else.
‘I would like to thank the officers from the NWROCU for their guidance and support in what was a partnership approach to capturing an online predator. I would also like to give mention to the team at the Royal Free Hospital, who fully cooperated with the police investigation throughout.’
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Buckthorpe, of the NWROCU, who worked with Det. Sgt. Miller on the investigation, added: ‘We welcome the sentencing of Mark Carrington and hope that the public feel safer in the knowledge that this sexual predator, who was a significant risk to children, is now behind bars.
‘Here at the NWROCU, we work with UK forces, agencies and CEOP (the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre), as well as agencies in other countries which share our desire and determination to protect children from depraved and dangerous offenders such as Carrington.
‘Law enforcement operates across the internet and we will use every tactic and technological advancement available to ensure people cannot and do not get away with the terrible crimes they have committed.’