Former chair of Bursledon Parish Council Mark McCormick jailed for 17 years for sexual offences

Former parish council chairman, Mark McCormick, has been jailed after pleading guilty to 14 indecent assaults between 1997 and 2011 charged against him at Southampton Crown Court.

Mark McCormick, who was the chair of Bursledon Parish Council, raped a 16-year-old girl and incited boys under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity.

The 49-year-old was jailed for 17 years by Judge Nicholas Rowland.

Judge Rowland said: "Many of your victims were vulnerable, they came from a destructive home and you knew that and took advantage of them.

"You controlled them and manipulated your victims.

"They were excited about being associated to someone who was living a glamorous lifestyle"

McCormick was a prominent figure in Bursledon but it is understood he stepped down from his public role in 2017. He was also a freelance DJ.

He was sentenced for one count of rape, three of indecent activity with a child, three counts of multiple incidents of indecent assault on a child, five of indecent assault on a male person, one of sexual assault and one count of taking indecent photographs of a child.

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