August 2011

Woman helps police catch child abuse images man

dave parrott

A woman helped snare a paedophile after he offered her money to arrange a meeting with a child.

David Parrott sent the sex worker a text saying he had been looking at images of children being abused online.

The 40-year-old was desperate for her to set him up with a girl but the woman went to the police and showed them the message instead.

The text said: ‘Been watching little girls aged seven and eight years old online. Looks good. I know it’s sick. Can you get me a little girl? Will pay you good money if you do.’

Detectives traced the number to Parrott and officers raided his home in Waterlooville.

There police found 53 indecent images of children, including some of the most depraved level of girls aged four to 16 years old and five movies.

Most of the material was on his computer but police also found four photos, which he had printed out, in his bedside cabinet and one in his car.

Parrott told police he didn’t know what he would have done if the prostitute had arranged for him to see a young girl.

Elisabeth Bussey-Jones, defending, said: ‘He would never have pursued the approaches that he made.

‘He was trying to shock himself into reality.’

Judge Peter Henry said: ‘What you have got to understand is that there are victims in this type of case and the victims are the children.

‘They have been forced to do the most obscene things and have had obscene things done to them, and they will be damaged substantially.

‘That’s all because somebody along the line makes money out of distributing these photographs for the gratification of people like you.

‘Of particular concern is the fact that you have written this text to this prostitute. That is a grave concern as to what your offending is leading to.’

He said sending Parrott on a sex offender’s treatment programme was the best way to protect children.

Parrott, who has moved from Waterlooville to Millbrook Road East, in Southampton, since committing the offences between 2008 and 2010, pleaded guilty to nine charges of making indecent images of a child and two of possessing indecent images.

He was given a three-year community order and will have three years of supervision from the probation service.

He will be on the sex offender’s register for five years, is banned from working with children and has been told to pay £300 in costs.