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Ugg boot fetishist sent to jail

Mark Southeby
The court heard Southeby used fake e-mail addresses

A man with an Ugg boot fetish who used the internet to harass schoolgirls in Leeds has been jailed for four years.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court described Mark Southeby, 38, as "devious" and "resourceful" after he used social networking sites to contact the girls.

The court was told an "enormous number" of photos of girls wearing the boots were found on his mobile phone.

Southeby, of Buckinghamshire, admitted three counts of inciting sexual activity involving a 15-year-old girl.

He also admitted six offences of harassing teenage girls.

The court heard the married stepfather, of Dutton Way, Iver, infiltrated a group of girls at a secondary school in the Leeds area by posing as their friends using fake e-mail addresses.

It seems to me the defendant presents a very worrying picture
Judge Jennifer Kershaw

He also developed an online relationship with the 15-year-old and tried to goad her into a series of sex acts.

He obtained the girl's mobile telephone number and plagued her with calls after she blocked him from contacting her on a social networking site.

Psychiatric reports found Southeby had "abnormal levels of sex drive" and a previous hearing was told he said he would benefit from chemical castration.

The court was earlier told he had never met any of the girls in person.

Sentencing, Judge Jennifer Kershaw QC said: "It seems to me the defendant presents a very worrying picture.

"The defendant is not only sexually deviant, he is devious, the offending is repeated and it was resourceful."

Speaking about the effect his actions had on the victims, the judge added: "One can imagine the level of distress and upset these events have caused in the families of these young girls."

Southeby was also sentenced to an extended licence period of eight years, which the judge said would enable him to be monitored after his release.

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