Posted on 5th April 2017
A sex offender who was found guilty by a jury of raping two girls has been jailed for 18 years.
Peter Parker denied all charges against him, which related to offences dating back to the late 1980s and early 90s.
The 50-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting or raping two young girls over the course of several years.
He was charged with two counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14.
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.”
If you want to speak to an officer, please call Derbyshire police on 101.
You can also visit www.derbyshire.police.uk for information, support and advice about sexual offences and how they are investigated.