March 2018

Pub worker sent video of his penis to young girl he tried to groom online

A 22-year-old Gower man sexually groomed a young girl online and sent her an intimate image, a court has heard.

A judge said he was in no doubt Alexander Parkhouse had set out to find young girls via social media and to engage them in sexual conversation and activity.

Swansea Crown Court heard Parkhouse “pestered” the girl, even though she had made it clear to him how old she was.

He asked her about her sexual activities, about her underwear, and sent her a video of his penis.

The girl – who lives in Lancashire – told her father about the contact, and the police were alerted.

Pub kitchen worker Parkhouse, formerly of Graig y Coed, Penclawdd, Gower, but now of The Mall, Southgate, Enfield, London, had previously pleaded guilty to inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity between August and November 2016 when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said he believed Parkhouse had gone on to the social media site with the purpose of having sexual conversations with underage girls.

He said: “You were testing the water to see how far you could push things.”

The judge said Parkhouse was clearly an intelligent man in a settled relationship, and with much to lose, but he had deliberately gone online to sexually engage with a young girl and there was no reason to suspend any prison sentence in his case.

Giving him a one-third credit for his guilty plea, the judge sentenced Parkhouse to two years in prison.

Parkhouse will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.