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UK man arrested, convicted of sex charges after investigation by CPSO, overseas police

Mark Warren Noyes (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Mark Warren Noyes (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

A man from England was arrested and convicted of sex charges after a two-year joint investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and overseas authorities into his online activity.

According to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, the department's Vice Division Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of Lake Charles, and the Devon and Cornwall Police (UK) collaborated on the investigation.

Mark Warren Noyes, 46, has reportedly been arrested, charged and found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in England of three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and eight counts of making or possessing a total of 310 Internet images.

Authorities said the investigation began in September 2010 when detectives received a report of online solicitation from a parent of a 12-year-old girl living in Calcasieu Parish. 

Authorities said during further investigation, Homeland Security Investigations Agent Gene Steech discovered a second victim, a 13-year-old girl in the Leesville area.

"Detectives discovered after meeting the victims on an anonymous Internet chat room, Noyes began webcam relationships with them and groomed the victims to send him sexually inappropriate images of them. Detectives recovered numerous items of evidence from the victims that were later sent through the U.S. Embassy to Devon and Cornwall Police Investigator Steve Harris in England," authorities said in a release.

"During the trial in England, the jury heard how Noyes persuaded the first victim to pose topless and the second to join him in performing simultaneous sex acts, some of which he recorded. It was also revealed England Police found 18 pictures of the two victims in Noyes' home and on his phone and computers," the release continues.

Noyes was sentenced to five years in prison with an extended license of eight years on June 26. Authorities said he must remain crime-free for eight years after he is released from prison.

"Devon and Cornwall Police would particularly like to thank Lieutenant Rusty Broussard from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and obviously Officers from Devon Child Exploitation Unit who lead the enquiry.  Thanks to the excellent collaboration between the Devon and Cornwall Police, HSI and law enforcement officers in the United States, justice has been served," said HSI London Attaché Matthew J. Etre, in a statement. "Targeting individuals who sexually exploit and prey on our children is one of HSI's top priorities. Anyone who thinks they can get away with the criminal exploitation of children is mistaken."

"This case illustrates that child sexual predators operate across international boundaries and seek children to abuse wherever they can be found," said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "HSI and its law enforcement partners will literally go to the ends of the earth to identify these criminals, investigate and seek prosecution  for the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes."

Parmer oversees a five-state region including Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"This is another example of what happens when law enforcement agencies work together," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "This child predator no longer has access to children due to the efforts of our Vice Division, HSI, and the Devon and Cornwall Police."

"This arrest is proof that children can be victimized by predators from anywhere in the world.  But let this be a cautionary tale to them that we will do whatever it takes to find them," Mancuso added.

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