May 2013

Child sex offender jailed for 22 years

Neville Parker

A WORCESTER man has been jailed for 22 years after he was found guilty of a number of sexual offences against children.

Neville Parker, aged 62 and previously of Lear Close, Dines Green, was sentenced to life at Worcester Crown Court today (Thursday) by His Honour Judge Juckes after being found guilty in March of 13 sexual offences including the rape of young children.

The judge ordered that he must serve at least 11 years before he can be considered for parole. He will also have to sign the Sexual Offenders Register for the rest of his life.

The offences were committed against young children between 1969 and 1975 and 2005 and 2007.

The more recent crimes included two counts of inciting young children aged between three and five to engage in sexual activity with another child, sexually assaulting a boy aged between three and five twice and three counts of raping girls aged under six on separate occasions.

Six counts state on several occasions he indecently assaulted two different girls aged under 13, including offences that under current legislation would be classified as rape. These occurred between 1969 and 1975.

His partner Gemma Robertson, aged 31, was tried with Parker and sentenced to six years after she was found guilty of cruelty to a girl under 16. This offence related to an incident that occurred between February 2005 and February 2006 when she failed to protect a girl aged between five and six from being sexually assaulted by Parker.

Gemma

Detective Constable Michelle Cook, who was the investigating officer in the case, said: “We have had to manage victims of sexual abuse, three who are still children, through a long and difficult process, which culminated in a trial.

“We first became aware of concerns around Parker and Robertson’s behaviour in June 2011.

“We quickly identified the three children involved and they all supported our investigation despite their young age. This investigation led us to identify other adult victims who supported our prosecution.

“The defendants’ continued denial of the systematic abuse Parker subjected his victims to has made this much harder for the victims, who have had to give evidence in court (the children via video link) and relive their awful experiences.

“Some of these victims have had up to 40 years of trauma and distress because of what they went through at the hands of Parker and I am sure there will be more tough times ahead. However, I hope these convictions help with their attempts to come to terms with what they have experienced.

“Throughout this investigation I have been impressed at the strength shown and the manner in which all the victims have conducted themselves through this difficult and traumatic time.”

Detective Inspector Neil Austin, who leads the Protecting Vulnerable People team in South Worcestershire, said: “This has been a difficult, lengthy and protracted investigation, which took a huge amount of time and effort to get to the point where these offenders have finally been brought to justice.

“We have worked closely with other agencies, in particular Worcestershire County Council’s Children’s Social Care, to ensure those victims who are still children have been given all the protection and support possible.

“DC Cook has worked diligently throughout this investigation and continued to provide support to the victims, guiding them through the investigation and then prosecution.

“I would like to reassure anyone who has been or is a victim of child abuse, that they can contact the police and that they will be treated in a caring and sensitive manner. Together with our partner agencies, will give them all the support we can and where possible prosecute those responsible.”

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, or is worried about someone they know being abused, can contact West Mercia Police via the non-emergency police number 101.

Victims can also contact The Glade centre, which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in the Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Telford and Wrekin areas.

The 24-hour self-referral number is 08081 782058 or e-mail: info@theglade.org.uk or log onto www.theglade.org.uk.