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'Academic' jailed over student scholarships sex scam

BY JENNIFER COCKERELL

A man who posed as an academic to scam students into having sex with him has been jailed for 16 months, police said.

Mark Lancaster (40) set up a website to target cash-strapped students, offering them up to £15,000 worth of scholarships by making them believe the sexual activity was the practical assessment of the interview process.

Lancaster, of Letcombe Place, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to the charges against him when he appeared in court on June 27 and was sentenced at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Lancaster met a number of women, often in a private rented apartment which he had arranged weeks in advance.

On at least one occasion he fitted covert cameras in the bedroom and bathroom of the apartment and recorded sexual activity with one victim.

Lancaster was sentenced to 16 months for a charge of voyeurism and 16 months for a charge of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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