Alvaston rapist Peter Parker is jailed for 18 years.
Peter Parker: This vile rapist has been jailed for 18 years.
A rapist from Derby who sexually assaulted two girls has been jailed for 18 years.
Derby Crown Court was told Peter Parker’s offences dated back to the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The 50-year-old was accused of specimen charges of sexually assaulting one girl and raping another, both under the age of 18, over the course of several years. He denied the charges and took the case to trial.
He was charged with two counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one of gross indecency.
Parker, of Griffin Close, Alvaston, pleaded not guilty to the offences but was convicted by a jury at Derby Crown Court.
He has now been jailed for 18 years and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Detective Inspector Steve Shaw, who leads a team of detectives investigating sexual offences in Derby, said Parker’s conviction proved how seriously such reports are taken.
He said: “The offences in this case date back nearly three decades and it is purely thanks to the courage and determination of his victims that Parker has finally been brought to justice.
“He might have felt that he would escape punishment for his crimes, but this case proves that no matter how long ago these offences take place, we will pour all our efforts into investigating them.
“I hope that Parker’s conviction, together with his substantial sentence, will encourage other victims to come forward and speak to us.
“We want to hear from you, we are here to support you, and we will bring these offenders before the courts, regardless of when they committed their crimes.”
Speaking after sentencing, an NSPCC spokesman said: “Parker probably thought he’d escaped justice but is now rightly behind bars for his sickening crimes.
“His victims have shown tremendous bravery in speaking out and we hope this sentence provides them with some level of comfort.
“Child sexual abuse can have life-long effects on victims. That’s why the NSPCC is visiting primary schools across the country with its ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service, empowering children to protect themselves from abuse and to speak out if they ever experience it.”
Adults with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline in confidence, 24 hours a day seven days a week, on .0808 800 5000.
Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or at http://www.childline.org.uk.
If you want to speak to an officer, please call Derbyshire police on 101.
You can also visit http://www.derbyshire.police.uk for information, support and advice about sexual offences and how they are investigated.