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.