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South Cumbria sex offender sentenced for producing child abuse drawings

Nathan Parker

A REGISTERED South Cumbria sex offender has been sentenced after drawing illegal pictures depicting children being abused.

Nathan Brian Parker’s latest criminal conduct emerged after he moved into a bail hostel following his release from custody. Indecent drawings penned by Parker, 25, were found in January, 2018, in his room at the Carlisle hostel and also at his family home.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Parker, of Ennerdale Close, Dalton-in-Furness, had previously been convicted of possessing illegal images of children and extreme pornography. He had served time in prison, and latterly been given a community order having “drawn pictures in his cell depicting child sexual abuse”.

But Parker’s lawyer said while following that community order for the past 14 months, he had been “doing very well and has committed no offences while subject to that order”.

Parker admitted both possessing more than three dozen prohibited images of children, and breaching a previously imposed sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), relating to his possession of a internet-capable Nintendo DS also found at the hostel.

Hearing that a probation supervisor felt custody would be “detrimental”, Judge Peter Davies suspended a 24-month jail term for two years, and imposed 30 days’ rehabilitation. But Judge Davies concluded: “These are grisly offences.”

A SHPO remains in force until 2022. Parker must sign the sex offenders’ register for a decade.

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