June 2004

Sex beast is jailed for rape of girl, 9

SEX beast Michael Parkes was today starting an eight-year jail sentence for raping a Coventry schoolgirl and taking photographs while he abused her.

The 50-year-old, of St George’s Road, Stoke, had pleaded guilty to 15 child sex charges, including raping a nine-year-old girl, indecently assaulting her and indecency involving a child.

He also pleaded guilty, at an earlier hearing, to a number of charges of taking and making indecent images of children after police uncovered a vast horde of child porn when they visited his home on January 21.

Warwick Crown Court heard he had six CDs of pictures recording his sexual abuse on digital camera.

The pictures included images of him raping the girl.

Richard Dewsbury, prosecuting, said 20,000 indecent images of children of all ages were found on Parkes’ computer, which he had downloaded from the Internet.

Police went to his house after the nine-year-old told her parents what had happened.

The court heard Parkes had groomed his victims by giving them money and gifts.

Mr Dewsbury said: “The grooming process was so complete, the child found it difficult to explain what happened.”

The court was also told Parkes showed the victim pornography before mimicking the pictures and taking his own photographs.

Mary Loran, defending, said the fact Parkes had pleaded guilty had spared his victim and her family from enduring a trial.

She said Parkes had “lost everything”.

His children would not speak to him, he would have lost his home and would have to live with his conviction for the rest of his life.

She said Parkes had committed the abuse over June and July last year and had stopped when his victim asked him to.

Judge Richard Cole sentenced Parkes to eight years for rape, five years for indecent assault, two years for taking indecent photographs of a child and 12 months for indecency involving a child.

The sentences are to run concurrently.