Blackpool paedophile caught by mum of girl he was abusing

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Thomas Parkin has been sent down after having sex on multiple occasions with a 14-year-old girl

Thomas Parkin

Thomas Parkin

A Blackpool man who repeatedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for six years.

Thomas Parkin was arrested after the girl’s mother discovered he had been having sex with her.

The 32-year-old had engaged in sexual activity with the girl on at least 10 occasions over a five-month period.

At Preston Crown Court on Thursday (May 27), Parkin pleaded guilty to eight offences including six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two counts of encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutor Kim Whittlestone said: “During the [police] interview she was quiet and withdrawn.

“She said sexual contact had happened on previous occasions.

“She said he would buy her credit for her phone and then arrange to meet her. He would take her phone from her and delete the messages.

“She said he had sex with her on about five occasions. She said it made her sad when it happened and her schoolwork began to suffer. She told a friend who said she had to tell.”

The court heard Parkin had initially been charged with rape but claimed the victim had consented. The indictment was later amended and Parkin pleaded guilty to eight offences.

When he was interviewed by police on November 1 last year, Parkin made no comment to officers.

The court heard Parkin has one previous conviction for a dishonesty matter.

A report produced by the Probation Service referred to an incident in Parkin’s past when he was arrested for contacting a girl but he was not charged.

Defence barrister Paul Hodgkinson said Parkin “recognises he has been left with nothing”.

“The defendant is very sorry,” Mr Hodgkinson said.

“He recognises the anguish his conduct has caused the complainant. He wishes, through me, and it wasn’t teased out of him, to say he is sorry and he has shown a great degree of remorse.

“He is ashamed of his actions and is so very sorry for the hurt he has caused. He recognises that he is left with nothing.

“His father has recently died, he is in contact with his mother, but he doesn’t have so much as his own clothing, although he expects no sympathy for that. He knows that when he is released he will have to make a fresh start.

“He describes himself as always having been a worker, he worked in a factory from leaving school, he has always been in work.”

The judge, Simon Medland QC, told Parkin: “This played itself out through your actions, for you are responsible, she being a minor.

“You have known for many months now that the only sentence I could possibly impose is an immediate and substantial custodial sentence of imprisonment but no sentence could possibly undo what has been done by you.”

Parkin, who appeared in court on his 32nd birthday, was jailed for six years.