July 2015

Child abuser jailed after 12 sex attacks in 2 months on different girls as young as 6

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A Spalding man who admitted a dozen sexual offences against young girls as young as six in Peterborough and across the east of England has been jailed for more than six years.

Robert Parrish (50), preyed on girls across the country, including in Peterborough, Whittlesey, Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Hull and Stevenage between July 1 and September 30 last year.

Parrish, of Broadgate, Weston, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court by Judge Tina Landale.

The electrician , who worked at holiday homes across the country, was jailed for six years, with an extended sentence of five years.

He had pleaded guilty to four counts of exposure, five counts of sexual assault of a child aged 13 or under, two counts of voyeurism and one count of sexual assault of a girl aged under 13.

Three of the assaults happened in Peterborough, with the victims aged six, seven and 10. There were two victims in Whittlesey, aged eight and 10.

It was reported in the Hull Daily Mail Parrish assaulted a nine year old girl as she played in the front garden of her home in Hull.

Just a few hours later, he attacked an eight year-old girl elsewhere in the city.

He was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), with conditions for him not to go near areas frequented by children, to have no unsupervised contact with under 16s, and to have internet usage monitored. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Parish was jailed for four years for a sexual assault in Peterborough on August 3 last year and four years for a sexual assault in Hull on September 1 last year, to run concurrently.

He received a further 12 months in custody for a further six sexual assaults, 10 months for five exposures, and four months for two offences of voyeurism, all to run concurrently, taking the total sentence to six years and two months.

April 2015

Child abuser facing jail after 12 sex attacks in 2 months on different girls as young as 6

A Spalding man has admitted a dozen sexual offences including sexually assaulting young girls as young as six years old in six different counties of the UK

Robert Parrish (50) pleaded guilty to 12 separate attacks at a short hearing at Peterborough crown court

The travelling electrician, who works at holiday homes across the country had already admitted a number of offences against young girls in Hull

Judge Tina Landale told Parrish to expect a jail sentence when he is next in court in a week.

Parrish faced a total of 14 charges, relating to offences in Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Whittlesley, Sutton Bridge, Stevenage and West Runton

He pleaded guilty to:

  • Four counts of exposure

  • Six counts of sexual assault on a child aged under 13

  • Two counts of Voyeurism

Three of the sexual assaults happened in Peterborough and two in Whittlesley.

The Peterborough assaults relate to girls aged 6, 7 and 10 years old

The Whittlesley assaults relate to girls aged 8 and 10

At Hull Crown Court in September he also admitted sexually assaulting two Hull girls aged 9 and 6 years old

January 2015

Man (50) accused of sex attacks on girls in Peterborough area

A man has appeared in court charged with exposing himself to young girls in Peterborough and other areas of the country.

Robert Parrish (50) appeared at Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 23 January

His address was listed as HMP Hull in Humberside.

Parrish, dressed in a navy sweater and blue jeans, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth in the hearing.

He is charged with a total of 14 counts, including three counts of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13 in Peterborough and two more in Whittlesey.

He also faces a number of counts of exposure and voyeurism.

All the alleged offences are said to have taken place between July and September 2014.

Parrish did not enter a plea to any of the charges in the short hearing, and he was remanded into custody.

September 2014

Travelling electrician admits sexually assaulting Hull girls

Electrician Robert Parrish has admitted sexually assaulting two young Hull girls as they played outside.

Parrish assaulted a nine-year-old girl as she played in the front garden of her home in the Boothferry Road area of west Hull, on Monday, September 1.

Just a few hours later, he attacked an eight-year-old girl in the Holderness Road area of east Hull.

At Hull Crown Court, it was also revealed three other police forces across England want to speak to Parrish, of Spalding in Lincolnshire, about similar offences.

The travelling electrician, who works at holiday homes across the country, is wanted for questioning by officers in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Cornwall.

Electronic equipment belonging to Parrish is also being investigated, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed.

Parrish admitted sexually assaulting the nine-year-old in west Hull and exposing himself, and also sexually assaulting the eight-year-old in east Hull.

But he denied a charge of beating and biting the eight-year-old, which the prosecution said it would not pursue.

John Thackray, prosecuting, asked for sentencing to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report and for the other matters to be pursued.

He said: “Police services in other counties would like to speak to Mr Parrish.

“There is also an investigation into electronic equipment belonging to Mr Parrish.”

The assault on the nine-year-old girl took place just after 1pm on Monday, September 1.

The victim was playing in her front garden with a friend when Parrish approached her and began talking to her. He began inappropriately touching her and then exposed himself before leaving.

Just a few hours later, the second victim was playing with a six-year-old girl in the Holderness Road area when Parrish approached them.

Parrish pulled down the eight-year-old’s shorts.

Hearing the girls scream, a member of the public rushed to see what had happened and held Parrish until police arrived.

Shortly after the assault, residents living in the area expressed their concern at what happened.

A young mother from the Holderness Road area said: “Things like this really put me off letting my children play outside. It really does worry me. “I keep an eye on my kids all the time, but to think that there are people out there who want to do things to children really scares me.”

The attack happened in an area close to a number of primary schools.

A pre-sentence report will be prepared and Parrish will next appear at Hull Crown Court on October 31.