February 2022

Wakefield paedo left his number on the back of a bus seat to attract young children

A ‘dangerous’ Wakefield paedophile who preyed on two schoolgirls after he wrote his mobile number on the back seat of bus has been jailed.

Joseph Brian Parkin was given a suspended sentence last June for contacting 13 and 14-year-old girls and leaving them messages, which put him in breach of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

But when he was handed the sentence, he was already in further communication with two more youngsters after they saw his message on the bus and contacted him.

The 23-year-old then met up with the girls on several occasions and made sexual comments towards them, Leeds Crown Court was told

The defendant then began following the two girls

One of the girl’s older sister then confronted Parkin in the street as he followed them, and he rode off on his bike.

Police were contacted and Parkin refused to comment during an interview.

Parkin, of William Prince Grove, Belle Vue, eventually pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child and two counts of breach of his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

He has nine previous convictions which include sexual assault of a girl under 13, causing a child to watch a sexual act, sexual communication with a child, sending indecent communications, and several breaches of his SHPO

Parkin, who sat shaking his head as the judge spoke to him, was handed a three-year jail term, made up of 20 months for his latest offences, as well as the 16 months from the suspended sentence last year.