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Facebook pervert who preyed on young girls has jail term slashed
A pervert who was caged after using Facebook to hunt down underage girls has seen his sentence slashed by appeal judges in London.
Joshua Sean Parker, of Sutton Court, Devonport, preyed on girls as young as 12 and groomed one 15-year-old for sex.
He sent sexually explicit photographs and messages and made a video call to one girl as he masturbated.
Parker, 20, pleaded guilty to five offences at Plymouth Crown Court and was sentenced to a total of six years and four months in March.
But he appealed and, after a hearing before senior judges, saw his term slashed to five years at the Court of Appeal.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said the original sentence was “manifestly excessive”.
The court heard Parker had used fake Facebook accounts to contact a series of young girls during the early part of last year.
Messages were often sordid and sexual, with a 12-year-old girl receiving a video call showing him masturbating.
A 15-year-old victim agreed to meet him last year and had sex with him on more than one occasion.
Another girl, who was only 14, also met up with Parker and “kissed and cuddled”, Judge Lucraft told the court.
Lawyers for Parker argued at the Court of Appeal that the sentence he received was too long.
The girl he had had sex with – referred to as C – was under the age of consent, but only by a year and at a time when Parker himself was only 18 or 19, they said.
And the crown court judge should have taken more account of a psychological assessment of Parker when passing sentence.
The assessment referred to him being “severely anxious and depressed” and at potential risk of self-harm, the judges were told.
Ruling on the case, Judge Lucraft said: “This was not a singular incident and there was an element of grooming.”
But he continued: “In our judgment, the judge did not given sufficient weight to the age of C and Parker, nor did he give sufficient weight to the psychological assessment.
“In our judgment, the total sentence passed was manifestly excessive.
“The overall sentence should have been one of the order of five years’ detention in a young offenders’ institution.”
Parker had pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and sending an indecent or offensive communication.
Plymouth man groomed and had sexual activity with girls as young as 12
A Plymouth man has been jailed after he was found guilty of a string of sexual offences against girls as young as 12
Joshua Sean Parker, 20, of Sutton Court, in Devonport was charged with a series of offences which included the rape of a child aged under 16.
However, he was finally convicted of eight serious sexual offences
Three counts of sexual activity with a child
Sexual assault by touching
Causing a child to watch a sexual act
Attempting to cause a child to watch a sex act
Malicious communications – Sexual harassment – sending explicit images to girls as young as 12