July 2019

Child sex offender who changed name and volunteered at North Wales junior rugby club jailed

A sex offender who changed his name, moved to North Wales and volunteered at a junior rugby club has been jailed for 18 months.

Officials at Mold Rugby Club were unaware of Liam Edward Parry’s background until concerned parents got in touch after uncovering his previous name (Liam O’Grady) and details about his past.

Parry, 38, of Well Street, Buckley, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court for sentence after admitting he had breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) between January 2015 and August 2017 by participating at the rugby club which he was prohibited from doing under the terms of the order made by a court in January 2012.

He had been jailed for five years at York Crown Court – under his previous name –  following offences against a child he met at a karate club and was subject to the SOPO and being on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

Parry, a civil engineer, also admitted three charges of failing to comply with the notification requirements when in 2017 he failed to notify police he had obtained a new passport and had travelled to the Canary Islands on family summer holidays in August 2017 and August 2018 without notifying the police.

The court heard he denied two further charges of failing to comply by staying at Scarborough with his family when the rugby team had gone there in March 2018 and failing to notify police that a child had stayed at his home in November of last year.

These matters were not pursued and a judge ordered they remain on the file.

Mathew Curtis, prosecuting said Parry changed his name by deed poll and moved to the Mold area after he was sentenced in 2014.

Parry had subsequently become involved with the rugby club and became drawn in to help with training and other matters.

He said Parry had become far more than a spectator and had become involving in training and other activities including away trips.

Parry’s family were hoping to move from North Wales to Lancashire to be nearer Parry’s work as a civil engineer, Mr Gurner added.

Judge Huw Rees said: “These prohibitions were specific and you were no doubt aware of them.

“These were persistent breaches over a period of time and there was a distinct overall element of deceit.”

The judge ordered a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order be imposed which will last indefinately.

Parry looked shocked as he was jailed and held his head in his hands as he was led away to begin his sentence.

June 2019

Volunteer at Flintshire rugby club was on sex offender register for life

A sex offender changed his name, moved to Wales and volunteered at a rugby club.

Liam Parry was involved in children’s rugby at Mold Rugby Club, which was unaware of his background.

Parry, 38, of Well Street in Buckley, appeared at Mold Crown Court where he admitted he had breached his sexual offences prevention order between January 2015 and August 2017 by taking part in a children’s rugby club which he was prohibited from doing under the terms of the order made in York in January 2012.

He had been jailed at that time following offences against a child he met at a karate club and he was on the sex offender register for life.

Parry admitted three charges of failing to comply with the notification requirements when in 2017 he failed to inform police about his new passport and that he travelled abroad to Gran Canaria in the summer of 2017 and the summer of 2018 without notifying the police.

He denied two further charges of failing to comply by staying at Haven holiday park in Scarborough, Yorkshire with his family when the rugby team had gone there in March 2018, and failing to notify police that a child had stayed at his home last November.

These allegations were not pursued and were allowed to remain on the file.

It was accepted in his basis of plea that he had got involved with the rugby club and became drawn in to help with training and other matters.

Judge Niclas Parry said the defendant had become far more than a spectator and had become involved in training and mentoring and organising activities.

Barrister Simon Gurney, defending, said that was true to a certain extent.

He stressed that his client had not had any unsupervised contact with children while volunteering at the club.

In his basis of plea Parry said the police were aware of his change of name.

The judge said that the defendant was in difficulty and asked if he wanted to be sentenced immediately, but agreed to a defence application for a pre-sentence report.

Judge Parry told the defendant he should prepare himself for a custodial sentence.

He was rebailed pending sentence on July 11.