was an LDS church member in Mansfield, England; accused of sexual abuse; convicted and sentenced in 2009 to prison for 18 years for serious sexual offenses against two young girls

Case Summary

Raymond Parkin “is a devout member of the Mormon Church and has been for 29 years,” but was imprisoned for 18 years for “serious sexual offenses against two young girls.” The girls were five and six years old. “Judge Tony Mitchell told him the evidence against him, during his trial last month, was ‘overwhelming’. Parkin’s barrister Ian Way said the court had been told of ‘terrible things’ that had taken place but there was another side to his client.”

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  1. Church-goer caged for sex offences against girls
    view source details | 13 Feb 2009 | Chad.co.uk
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  • Church-goer caged for sex offences against girls
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Chad.co.uk
    Date published/accessed: 13 Feb 2009
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    A DEVOUT church member has been jailed for 18 years for serious sexual offences against two young girls.
    Raymond Parkin (59), of Burns Avenue, Mansfield, was convicted by a jury of raping one girl some years ago when she was aged only six.

    The jury also convicted him of sexually assaulting a second girl when she was aged five.

    Nottingham Crown Court was told Parkin still continued to protest his innocence, but Judge Tony Mitchell told him the evidence against him, during his trial last month, was 'overwhelming'.

    Parkin's barrister Ian Way said the court had been told of 'terrible things' that had taken place but there was another side to his client.

    He had nursed his sick wife and father and was still supported by his sons and he was also in failing health himself.

    He had some offences of dishonesty when a younger man, but no prior convictions of a sexual nature.

    "He is a devout member of the Mormon Church and has been for 29 years," said Mr Way.

    Parkin felt, with great regret, that he would be unable to continue practicing his religion properly in prison.

    The judge told Parkin that he will serve half of his sentence and then will be released, but he will be on licence for the rest of his life.

    He will also be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

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