Man admits 12 child sex offences

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A Spalding man has admitted a dozen sexual offences including sexually assaulting young girls as young as six in Peterborough and across the east of England.

Robert Parrish (50) pleaded guilty to 12 separate counts at a short hearing at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday.

The electrician, who worked at holiday homes across the country, has already admitted a number of other offences in Hull.

Judge Tina Landale told Parrish to expect a jail sentence when he is next in court at the end of next month.

Parrish faced a total of 14 charges, relating to offences in Peterborough, Whittlesey, Milton Keynes, Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, Stevenage in Hertfordshire and West Runton in Norfolk.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of exposure, five counts of sexual assault of a child aged 13 or under, two counts of voyeurism and one count of sexual assault of a girl aged under 13.

Three of the sexual assaults happened in Peterborough, while the other two happened in Whittlesey. The Peterborough assaults relate to girls aged six, seven and 10, while the Whittelsey assaults were on girls aged eight and 10.

Speaking after the hearing, DC Ralph King said: “This is a positive result for a man who offended across several counties against very young children – children who showed great courage in coming forward to provide the evidence.”

All the offences are said to have occurred between July 1 and September 1 last year.

He was also charged with another count of exposure and another of voyeurism. He pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

Judge Landale said a trial was not necessary in the not guilty matters. He will be sentenced on both the latest set of charges and the Hull matters on May 27.

On September 11 he appeared at Hull Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one of exposure.

It was reported in the Hull Daily Mail Parrish assaulted a nine-year-old girl as she played in the front garden of her home.

The victim was playing with a friend when Parrish approached her and began talking to her.

He began inappropriately touching her and then exposed himself before leaving.

Just a few hours later, he attacked an eight-year-old girl elsewhere in the city.

It was reported he was arrested after members of the public heard the girls screams and detained him.

Mark McDonald, defending, asked the court to adjourn for a pre sentence report to be prepared, and also for a psychiatrist to see the defendant, whose address was listed as HMP Hull..

Judge Landale said: “Your pleas will be taken into account by the judge who sentences you.

“It is likely a custodial sentence will follow, but until we have all the information about you, the sentence will not be decided.”