December 2018

Paedophile took pictures of girls in bikinis while they played in garden

A paedophile took pictures of young girls in bikinis while they were playing out in gardens, a court heard.

Police also recovered ‘upskirt’ photos of girls in school uniforms, Manchester Crown Court heard.

They were among 700 indecent images of children found on a computer, mobile phone and digital camera in Colin Parkin’s flat.

The 50-year-old came to the attention of police after he posted on a chatroom.

Officers executed a warrant after an indecent image was posted on the chatroom.

During the search of his flat in Salford, police recovered a computer, a mobile phone and a digital camera.

On the devices were 304 category A images, the most serious type, 226 category B images and 190 category C.

He later pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

The children in the images ranged from two to 15 years old, but the majority were aged from five to seven.

Police found software on the computer aimed at cleaning or concealing search history.

He was jailed after the court heard that Parkin, who has previously served a five-year jail term for indecently assaulting a girl under 14.

Prosecuting, Charlotte Crangle said there were other ‘items of concern’ recovered.

‘Upskirting’ images of girls in school uniforms were also found.

Ms Crangle said there were also pictures of children playing in the garden, including girls in bikinis while playing on the trampoline or in the paddling pool.

After being arrested, Parkin accepted he owned the equipment but denied the offences.

Parkin said he had searched for adult porn, and said he had been messaging others about a shared interest in cross dressing.

Sentencing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said: “It’s extremely worrying to hear you have been taking photos of children where they were playing out in their summer clothes.

“Clearly despite extensive intervention you have still not learned how to deal with a coping mechanism in relation to the attraction you have to young children.

“Only you can come to terms with what you have done.”

Parkin, of Magnolia Court, in Salford, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, and was given an extended sentence of five years on licence.

He must sign the sex offenders register for life.