Travelling electrician jailed for sexual assaulting children across East of England

Robert Parrish
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A Spalding man who admitted a dozen sexual offences against young girls as young as six in Peterborough and across the east of England has been jailed for more than six years.

Robert Parrish (50), preyed on girls across the country, including in Peterborough, Whittlesey, Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Hull and Stevenage between July 1 and September 30 last year.

Parrish, of Broadgate, Weston, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) by Judge Tina Landale.

The electrician , who worked at holiday homes across the country, was jailed for six years, with an extended sentence of five years.

He had 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 assaults happened in Peterborough, with the victims aged six, seven and 10. There were two victims in Whittlesey, aged eight and 10.

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 in Hull.

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

He was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), with conditions for him not to go near areas frequented by children, to have no unsupervised contact with under 16s, and to have internet usage monitored. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

DC Ralph King said: “Parrish was a serial offender who travelled around the eastern region looking for opportunities to offend. He is clearly a danger to children and will be under tight restrictions when he is released from prison.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the victims who showed such bravery in coming forward and ensuring Parrish was brought to justice.”

Parish was jailed for four years for a sexual assault in Peterborough on August 3 last year and four years for a sexual assault in Hull on September 1 last year, to run concurrently.

He received a further 12 months in custody for a further six sexual assaults, 10 months for five exposures, and four months for two offences of voyeurism, all to run concurrently, taking the total sentence to six years and two months.