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Sex offender broke court order

PUBLISHED: 21:34 10 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:37 03 March 2010

A REGISTERED sex offender is awaiting sentence after breaking the order by associating with teenage girls.

Carl Parker, of Tern Road, Ipswich, admitted associating with several 15-year-old girls despite a July court order banning any such contact.

A REGISTERED sex offender is awaiting sentence after breaking the order by associating with teenage girls.

Carl Parker, 28, of Tern Road, Ipswich, admitted associating with several 15-year-old girls despite a July court order banning any such contact.

The order came after Parker received a caution for underage sexual intercourse in March, but failed to end the relationship.

John Hardwick, prosecuting at South-East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, said the July order made it very clear what Parker was allowed to do.

But less than a month after it was made he was again found in the company of teenage girls.

Mr Hardwick said Parker was stopped in Birkfield Drive on July 27. He was carrying three teenage girls in a white Peugeot.

Further police investigation revealed Parker had been in contact with teenage girls at a concert on July 14 in Chantry Park.

Mr Hardwick said officers also discovered a number of teenagers – including boys as well as girls – stopped at Parker's flat after abandoning a night's camping in some nearby woods.

During interview with police, Parker said he knew a continuing relationship with a 15-year-old girl put him in breach of his order, but he was unable to end it because of his love for the girl.

Parker asked for five further offences to be taken into consideration.

Michael Stephenson, defending, said Parker was a naïve and immature young man who had "blundered" his way into a serious situation.

He said Parker's problem could have been addressed earlier if police had sought a more appropriate punishment than a caution at the time of the initial offence.

Mr Stephenson admitted the offences were serious, but told magistrates he thought their power was sufficient for sentence to be handed down.

But under advice from the court clerk, magistrates said case law governing the sexual offenders register was too new for them to be sure of the correct sentence.

They remanded Parker in custody and ordered him to appear at Crown Court for sentence at a date to be arranged.

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