Men convicted of ‘vile’ child sex offences to be sentenced today

Convicted - Anthony Marsh (left) and Lee Davis (right).
Convicted - Anthony Marsh (left) and Lee Davis (right).
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Two Doncaster men who trawled websites for young boys so they could commit ‘vile’ sex crimes are to be sentenced today.

Anthony Marsh and Lee Davis pleaded guilty to a total of 55 offences when they appeared at a plea and case management hearing in September.

They had denied a further 14 offences but it was decided a trial would not be sought.

They will instead be sentenced for the crimes which they have admitted later today at Sheffield Crown Court. Both face lengthy prison sentences.

The offences to which they pleaded guilty date back to 2005 and involved teenage boys from South Yorkshire, Humberside, the north east, north west and the midlands, aged between 13 and 17.

Det Insp Delphine Waring, who led the investigation, said: “Marsh and Davis committed many appalling crimes against young, vulnerable boys over many years.

“They searched various websites trawling for impressionable, young, vulnerable boys and having engaged in conversation then made arrangements to meet them.

It later emerged that Marsh, who used the aliases Tony Taylor and Tony Smith while scouring chat sites for victims, had HIV throughout the time he was sexually abusing teenage boys.

Each of his identified victims has been tested and none has contracted the virus, which causes AIDS.

Marsh had pleaded guilty to 34 offences including possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and sexual activity with a child.

Lee Davis, 39, of Rowena Road, Conisbrough, who also used the name James Parkin, had pleaded guilty to 20 offences including rape, sexual activity with a child, and taking indecent photographs of a child.

Both men were also jointly charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with children, and both admitted this offence at the earlier court hearing.