July 2016

Paedophile pensioner jailed after walking into police station and telling cops ‘I’ve been a naughty boy’

Michael Parnham - West Bridgford

A paedophile pensioner has been jailed for a catalogue of historic abuse after he walked into a police station and told the desk sergeant “I’ve been a naughty boy.”

A court was told Michael Parnham could die in jail after he was sentenced to a total of 10 years for rape and sex attacks on three young girls.

Nottingham Crown Court heard the 76-year-old married man asked at the station for “CID” and admitted he had touched and raped the children in the 1960s and 1970s.

Passing sentence a judge said the passage of time did nothing to lessen his crimes and that for more than half his life Parnham had been “living a lie”, pretending to be a pillar of society.

Prosecutor Dawn Pritchard told the court “He said he did not have intercourse but touched them sexually.

“He said it was three children, but could not remember their ages, and he said he had come to the police station to ‘sort it out’.”

But when police spoke to the three women the married pensioner, of West Bridgford, Nottingham, it became clear the abuse was far more serious than he had admitted.

One, who he raped and attempted to rape, said in a statement read in court that his behaviour left her feeling dirty and disgusting and she had become quiet and withdrawn, losing her confidence and developing depression.

“By abusing me as he did he took something from me that I will never get back,” said the 22-year-old. The court heard graphic descriptions of him abusing her from the age of four. He showed her adult porn and kissed her.

“She had told friends at school that something was happening to her and had begun to realise what was happening to her was wrong,” said Miss Pritchard.

And as the investigation continued, a 52-year-old woman was spoken to by police. She got upset and began shaking when she was asked if she knew Parnham.

When she was just 10 Parnham showed her pornographic magazines, made suggestive remarks, exposed himself to her and performed a sexual act.

She said in her statement to the court that she was left feeling dirty and insecure.

“When she should have been playing with Barbie dolls, she was being shown pornography,” read Miss Prtichard from the woman’s statement

The third victim, now aged 33, revealed to detectives Parnham kissed her on her lips.

Passing sentence Judge Stuart Rafferty QC ordered Parnham to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life and be subject to a sexual harm prevension order and a restraining order.

He told Parnham: “Each of your victims was young when you committed offences against them and those offences, it should be said, span a period of 30 years of your life; so for half of your life you have been purporting to be a man of good character and a pillar of society.

“You were living a lie and you have caused all of them to live a lie as well.”