February 2010

Lodger found pervert’s pictures of child abuse

A Yate man who downloaded images of children being sexually abused has been spared jail.

Robin Parkinson was found out when his lodger in Chedworth found photographs of a young girl in her underwear on his computer.

When police searched his computer they also found a record of an online chat conversation Parkinson, 62, had with someone claiming to be a 13-year-old girl, where he called himself the Bristol bondage master.

Police later discovered two CDs containing 109 images of sexual abuse, involving young girls aged between seven and 11 years old.

Parkinson admitted 12 charges of making indecent photographs of children and a single count of possessing indecent photographs of children, but when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, the Honourable Mr Justice Nigel Davis said he would give him “a chance”.

He was handed a nine-month sentence, suspended for 18 months.

James Patrick, prosecuting, said: “During the chat conversation found by police, he asked for a photo of the girl he was speaking to, and then asked for a naked photo.”

Mr Patrick told the court that the conversation had continued with Parkinson asking to meet her.

When interviewed by police, Parkinson said he had met the other person in the conversation on an adult website and believed he had been talking to a middle-aged man. Police found that the other person in the conversation had indeed been an adult male.

Virginia Cornwall, defending, said Parkinson had been trying to find out if the person he was speaking to was an adult during the conversation.

She said: “There is no suggestion of Mr Parkinson trading these images, no commercial element or anything of that nature. These were images downloaded for personal use.”

She added that Parkinson did not understand why he had done what he had.

Mr Davis said: “It is quite a sad thing to see a man like you at your age with previous good character in court, particularly for offences of such a squalid kind.”

“Relatively speaking these were a relatively small number of photos but not insignificant at all. Importantly, you have not been sharing these with others.”

Sentencing Parkinson, he said: “Take the chance I have given you – if you don’t, it will be on your head.”