Child sex pervert jailed

A CHILD sex pervert is behind bars today after being sentenced to four years in prison after admitting sexual activity with two young girls over a period of two years.

A CHILD sex pervert is behind bars today after being sentenced to four years in prison after admitting sexual activity with two young girls over a period of two years.

Christopher Parker, 44, of Norwich Road, Brockford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to five offences of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted one offence of inciting a child to watch sexual activity.

The court heard from Matthew McNiff, prosecuting, that the charges related to a period between October 2004 and October 2006.

On at least five occasions Parker had exposed himself to the girls and encouraged them to perform a sex act on him, after inviting them to play a game which he called 'dares'.

He also took photographs of the girls engaging in sexual activity with him, and showed them pornographic films involving adults.

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Parker had previously been sentenced to 15 months jail in 2003 for similar offences.

Mr McNiff said that when he was arrested Parker had originally claimed the girls were mistaken and all he had done was undress in front of them.

In mitigation, barrister Lynne Shirley said: “He cannot express his remorse and the shame he has brought on himself.

“At the time he committed the offences he was feeling isolated and depressed after splitting up with his partner and following an incident in which he was attacked with a knife.

“He is a troubled man who has a lot of issues.”

Sentencing him to four years in prison, Judge John Devaux said: “Because you were already convicted of sex offences when you committed these crimes I am required by law to impose a sentence of imprisonment.

“The effect you had on these young girls was profound.”

Parker was also told he would remain on the sex offenders' register for life, and banned from ever working with children.

Do you think adult sex offenders that prey on young children should receive harsher sentences? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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