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Former Radio 1 DJ Mark Page asked 12-year-old to meet him for sex, court hears

Mark Page, who worked for Radio 1 in the 1980s, is on trial on five counts of arranging the commission of a sexual offense against a child, which he denies

Radio 1 DJ Mark Page tried to meet 12-year-olds for sex in the Philippines, a court has heard.

Page, 62, denies five counts of arranging the commission of a sexual offense against a child.

Three of the offenses allegedly took place in 2016 on webcams while he was in the UK and the children were in the Philippines, Teesside Crown Court said yesterday at the start of his trial.

The other two offenses were allegedly committed in person after Page’s trip to the Philippines.

Jo Kidd, prosecuting, said: ‘He used charity and business as a cover to meet minors to meet them for sex.’

Mark Page is a former Radio 1 presenter and stadium announcer for Middlesbrough FC

Jurors were told Facebook monitors had raised concerns about posts that exploited children and were being sent to a charity that protects young people.

The charity contacted UK law enforcement and Cleveland Police carried out a search warrant at Page’s home in January 2020.

Officers seized his phone, tablet and a computer tower, which were analyzed, and the Crown said it showed Page had contact with children in the Philippines and arranged money transfer payments .

Miss Kidd said Page had used the pseudonym Pancho on a dating app based in the Philippines.

At the time he was managing director of Garrison FM, which provided radio services to the British Army, the court heard.

Teesside Crown Court heard Page checked into the Prince Plaza II Condotel in Makati several years ago.

The prosecution alleges that the ex-DJ texted the girl in question and her to bring another underage girl and boy with her to her room.

During the hearing, a text was alleged to read, “Hi, it’s Marky. Maybe we’ll meet tomorrow at 4 p.m. I’m in Makati. Who will you bring with you?”

“How old is the girl?” When the child replied “15”, he then reportedly texted, “Ah, I wanted 12 or 13”, before asking how old the boy was.

Miss Kidd said Page denies being responsible for the comments and that by implication someone else used her Skype account, her dating app account and someone else arranged the payments.

Mark Page is a former Radio One DJ

Miss Kidd alleged to the court jury how Page then engaged in a graphic sexual discussion with the girl before negotiating the price of the encounter.

It is claimed that he argued that “3K (in pesos) too much”.

It is also alleged that Page used her credit card to transfer 2,000 pesos to the child’s account after meeting her alone.

Page worked for the BBC station in the 1980s and was previously a stadium announcer for Middlesbrough FC.

Page’s stint with Radio 1, including hosting the station’s flagship Breakfast Show from 1983 to 1986, and the DJ also replaced Steve Wright on his afternoon show.

Page, of Rowallanne Gardens, Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, has denied all offenses, the trial continues.

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