December 2001

Paedophile prowler is jailed

A PAEDOPHILE who prowled the streets looking for victims has been jailed at Leeds Crown Court

Peter Connor, from Thorner, Leeds, who had a lengthy record of indecent exposures, was trapped after an off-duty police officer saw him showing pornographic playing cards to two girls, aged eight and nine, in a street in Cross Gates, Leeds.

Police uncovered a perverted video of a nine-year-old girl in Connor’s car.

Father-of-three Connor, whose wife is said to be standing by him, met the girl he videoed while she was playing with friends in a den at Dewsbury.

He then met the girl on several occasions over a period of nearly two months, videoing her carrying out acts of indecency.

At Leeds Crown Court, Connor, 45, a self-employed surveyor, admitted two charges of gross indecency with the girl in May and June this year. He also admitted taking an indecent photograph of the girl and outraging public decency.

Judge Richard Adams sent him to prison for 30 months and said he would have to have an extended period on licence of five years after his release. Connor was told he would be placed on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period and also disqualified from working with children.

The judge commended PC James Wheatley and PC Shelley Owens for their thorough investigation.

Nicholas Lumley, prosecuting, said that when police traced the girl in the video, she said a man calling himself Graham had introduced himself to her and friends while they were playing in a den in March.

The girl said he had a camcorder with him, showed them rude pictures and got the children to carry out acts of indecency for money.

After that she met him on several occasions at Caulms Wood, Dewsbury.

Fiona Dix-Dyer, mitigating, said Connor had been in custody since June and his wife was standing by him.

She said he was disgusted with himself and found it very painful to admit that he was a paedophile.

Miss Dix-Dyer said the girl seemed to have considerable knowledge about sex and there was no question of force or any threats.

The judge was told there were 17 offences of incident exposure recorded against Connor, dating from 1978 to 1998. Some of those involved exposing himself to schoolgirls.