Ex-BBC DJ ‘tried to meet 13-year-old girl in Philippines after sex messages’

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A former BBC Radio 1 DJ flew to the Philippines to try to meet children to message them about graphic sex acts, a court has heard.

Mark Page, 62, of Ingleby Barwick, is denying five counts of arranging the commission of a sexual offense against a child. Three of the charges relate to his alleged webcam activity with Filipino children.

The other two relate to meetings organized by Page in the Philippines, Teesside Crown Court heard.

On the second day of his trial, the court heard that Page traveled to the Philippines in October 2019 and used various online personas and social media pages to speak with women.

Page, a former Middlesbrough FC stadium announcer, was reportedly an active member of the FilipinoCupid.com dating site – where he reportedly shaved 9 years off his real age – claiming to be 52, in 2019.

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 in the Philippines in March 2019, before promising her 1 000 pesos (£14). ).

The prosecution claimed the former DJ tried to arrange a date with a girl at a mall during his 2019 trip.

He also allegedly texted a girl: “How old is she? She came alone’ before agreeing to send 1,000 pesos via Western Union.

Page, a former Middlesbrough FC stadium announcer, is on trial at Teesside Crown Court (pictured)

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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, the equivalent of £29.

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.

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.

The court heard Page 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.

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