Mark Page allegedly asked to meet a Filipino girl before sending her money or phone credit
Former Boro DJ and announcer Mark Page allegedly flew to the Philippines but refused to send money to a girl he was chatting with before he met her, a court has heard.
Mark Page was reportedly an active member of the FilipinoCupid.com dating site – where he shaved 9 years off his real age – claiming to be 52, in 2019.
On the second day of his trial, Teesside Crown Court heard that Page had traveled to the Philippines in October 2019 and used various online personas and social media pages to speak with women.
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Prosecutor Jo Kidd said Page created a Facebook profile in the name of ‘Thi G’ and allegedly used it to contact a 13-year-old girl while she was in the Philippines in March 2019, before promising her 1 000 pesos.
The prosecution also alleges that Page was trying to arrange a meeting with a girl at a mall during his trip in 2019.
The court heard that he allegedly texted a girl: “How old is she? She came alone’ before agreeing to send 1,000 pesos via Western Union.
Mark Page, 62, of Snowdrop Close, Stockton, is denying five counts of child sex offences.
Three of the charges relate to his alleged webcam activity with Filipino children and two relate to alleged meetings Page arranged in the Philippines.
In another alleged chat, Page is accused of trying to meet a 13-year-old girl and a boy, while staying at the Prince Plaza II Condotel in Makati.
The court heard that Page sent graphic messages about the sex acts he wanted the school kids to perform.
Several hours later – according to the prosecution, after Page met a girl – he allegedly texted “Thank you baby” before transferring 2,000 pesos.
Other alleged chats involved a Filipina woman asking for money for ‘school fees’ and other users asking for ‘a charge’ – which would mean sending credit for a cellphone.
Page allegedly used his Skype account from his former home in Ingleby Barwick to make explicit video calls with children online.
He allegedly asked a 14-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on a 12-year-old girl, but the prosecution said the older girl refused.
In another conversation, Page is accused of sending 1,500 pesos to a girl after she allegedly performed sex acts on a webcam before Page had messaged: “I hope to visit you at the end of October baby , and you will bring it too baby?”
On Tuesday the court heard further evidence from PC Stephen Rookes – who told the court that Page had left his computer on and his cloud account logged in, when he and his colleagues raided his home in January this year last.
Police investigator Paul Ripley also took the witness stand and spoke about the various personas Page allegedly used online, including “Pete124”, “Pancho” and “Garrison1287”.
But Page’s defense barrister, Trevor Burke QC, told the court his client’s dating profile indicated he wanted to meet a single woman, who had no children and was aged between 25 and 34. years.
Mr. Burke said users of the Filipino Cupid site must be over 18; as does anyone collecting money from a Western Union account.
Page sat in the back of the court to listen to evidence throughout the day.
The court heard he had been divorced since 2007 and had been caring for his three children since then.
Page has denied the allegations and the trial is expected to continue until the end of the week.