February 2019

Pervert sentenced to 20 years 

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A “Sinister” sex fiend who raped then blackmailed boys as young as 12 during a sickening “campaign of atrocities” has been jailed for 20 years.

George Parker, 28, groomed and raped three young lads after “infiltrating the heart” of their families.

Parker conducted the “systematic” rapes on a “near constant” basis over eight years from 2005 to 2013.

He repeatedly assaulted the friends – and later blackmailed them to comply.

Parker gained access to one victim while in a relationship with his sister – and invited him to play video games.

Francesca Levett, prosecuting, told Maidstone Crown Court that his victims were left ‘severely traumatised’ by the former Sainsbury’s worker.

She said: “The smiling friend of the family was a very different character behind closed doors. This was a grave crime.

“One offence took place in the victim’s own home during his sister’s 18th birthday – somewhere he should have felt safe.”

The victims and their families sat in the gallery as the prosecutor read details of 21 separate acts Parker committed.

Ms Levett said: “One witness was abused by his Parker as his sister was in a relationship with him in 2007.

“His sister left the house and the two were playing FIFA on a PlayStation – that afternoon he was sexually abused.

“He was told that he couldn’t tell anybody, that it would break his sister’s heart. He was told him his mother would disown him.

“Isolated, he could not share his experience with anyone – and was forced to go to the cinema and act like it was normal.”

Parker, who refused to leave his prison cell and was not present for the sentencing hearing, abused the boy for six years, inflicting ‘too many attacks to count’ – and even followed him to Turkey on a family holiday.

The prosecutor said: “He later suffered severe psychological harm, he took blades to his face and he was sectioned.

“This was a sustained incident, it was grooming and extreme abuse of trust. It is the highest category of sexual offences.”

The next victim, 17, was targeted with fake sexual messages – with Parker showing the boys’ girlfriend using his Facebook account.

Parker, then 22, used screenshots to blackmail the boy into committing to ‘countless sexual acts’.

The court heard how the attacker ploughed his victim with alcohol, before forcing him to play Fifa and moving onto porn.

Ms Levett said: “There was a significant degree of planning – again it was the playing of video games to attract his victim.

“Parker made himself indispensable to the mother and victims, they were unaware of the manipulations until it was too late.”

The third victim was attacked at age of 12 in 2008 when Parker invited him to play Fifa in Tunbridge Wells.

Parker, now of Leeds, failed to turn up to court today as he was sentenced for “a campaign of systematic rape” against boys.

He had been found guilty of the charges on December 7 following a three-week trial – when a jury convicted him on all 21 counts.

His Honour Judge Phillip Statman said: “George Parker is not present in court, he has indicated that he does not wish to attend, his counsel agrees he should sentence him.

“He has been convicted by a jury of 21 counts of sexual offending against three separate victims. The indictment spans a period.

“In a sinister manner, the victims were told they would be exposed by those that love him as being gay if he spoke out.

“This case has many of the hallmarks of historic sex offending.

“Parker got to know the victims through a sister, who he met while working for a local supermarket.

“The defendant was between 16 and 22 during the attacks. He was manipulative and devious, entering himself into the heart of the families.

“I can see just how shocking the events have had upon the victims. There is understandable anger towards the way they were treated.

“The defendant isn’t here today – there is a willful refusal. I will look at this in great care. This is a very difficult sentence to pass.

“What makes this case is the blackmail, the use of the internet in the way the victims were abused – this demands a very substantial term of imprisonment.

“These grave crimes were committed against these victims over an extended period of time, I am satisfied that an extended sentence will be put in place.”

There was a sigh of relief from the gallery as Parker was jailed for a total of 20 years, with two years on license.

A sexual harm prevention order is to be written up and his name will remain on the Sexual Offences Register for life.

Speaking afterwards, one of the victims said he was happy with the sentence, calling it “justice done”.

December 2018

Tunbridge Wells paedophile crimes were so shocking they made the jury cry

A Tunbridge Wells paedophile whose crimes were so shocking they made the jury cry is facing a ‘very substantial’ time behind bars

George Parker, 28 and now of Parker Road in Leeds, previously lived in Tunbridge Wells where he was accused of committing 24 serious sex offences, including multiple rapes, against three boys between 2005 and 2013.

And on Friday (December 7), even though he denied all of the charges, he was unanimously convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent of 21 of those charges.

Parker, who had worked in Sainsbury’s, was told by a judge his offending was “grave” and that any danger he posed to the public needed to be assessed before sentencing him.

Several of the jurors were reduced to tears after delivering their verdicts. Judge Philip Statman thanked them for carrying out their public duty and excused them from future jury service for seven years.

Parker now faces sentence for 11 charges of rape, one of attempted rape, three of sexual assault on a child, two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, two of sexual activity with a child, and two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

He was found not guilty of one rape charge, one offence of sexual assault on a child, and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Remanding him in custody until the week beginning January 14, Judge Statman said: “By reason of the seriousness of these offences I have uppermost in my mind the issue of dangerousness.

During his three-week trial, the court heard Parker was living in Tunbridge Wells when he groomed the boys while playing computer games.

He also made one watch pornography before indulging in his depraved acts.

Some of the offences were committed when Parker himself was just 14 years old.

It was said during his trial that he ‘developed a hold over’ one of his victims. But he plucked up the courage in 2015 to report Parker to police and he was arrested.