LAKE CHARLES, LA — Following an extensive two and a half year investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Division Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of Lake Charles, and the Devon and Cornwall Police (UK), Mark Warren Noyes, 46, London, England, has been arrested, charged and found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in England of 3 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and 8 counts of making or possessing a total of 310 Internet images
The investigation began in September 2010 when detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Division received a report of online solicitation from a parent of a 12 year old girl living in Calcasieu Parish. 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 US Embassy to Devon and Cornwall Police Investigator Steve Harris in England.
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.
On June 26, Noyes was sentenced to 5 years in prison with an extended license of 8 years, which means he must remain crime free for 8 years after he gets out of 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. “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 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,” continues Sheriff Manuso.”