Child rapist to be intensively monitored after encounters with young girl and prostitute

Christchurch High Court. Photo / Google Maps
Christchurch High Court. Photo / Google Maps

A man who abducted and raped a 12-year-old girl will be more intensively monitored after he invited a prostitute to his care facility and approached young girls.

Pierre John Parsons is now subject to a 10-year extended supervision order, including 24-hour monitoring for the first year by the Department of Corrections, after a hearing in the High Court in Christchurch yesterday.

Parsons was jailed for three years and 11 months in 1995 for abducting and raping a 12-year-old girl. Parsons was 18 at the time.

He said that when his victim was unconscious, he took her clothing for his own cross-dressing purposes and, when he saw her naked, became sexually aroused.

He has been subject to an extended supervision order since he was sentenced in 1995, because of the high risk he poses to the community.

However, he has breached the order several times, including recently inviting a prostitute to the care facility where he lives.

In December 2015, Parsons strayed from his approved route to work and approached a 15-year-old girl wearing a school uniform. He did it again in May last year, giving her a note with his mobile number and asking her to buy underwear and other female items. As a result, he was sent back to jail.

Parsons has voluntarily engaged in intensive treatment programmes for sexual offending and individual treatment for several years.

However, Justice Nation said Parsons' actions have reduced earlier hopes that he would be able to control his sexual behaviour in an independent living situation.

"I am satisfied Mr Parsons has demonstrated an intense drive, desire or urge to commit 'relevant sexual offences', namely sexual offences against a child or young person. There is also evidence that Mr Parsons has an ongoing predilection or proclivity for behaviour which could result in serious sexual offending."

Parsons highlighted to the court his desire to start transitioning to transgender and his strong wish to be supported in that process.

Justice Nation found these desires also put him at high risk of reoffending if he perceives his sexual and cross-dressing wishes are being thwarted, he experiences stress or has access to potential victims.

Parsons partly blamed the Christchurch Residential Care and Probation for his breaches, as he believed they failed to meet his needs.

But Justice Nation said this showed a lack of acceptance of responsibility or remorse for his past offending and a lack of understanding about the effects of his offending on victims or potential victims.

Other conditions of Parsons' monitoring include not being allowed to own a phone that has access to the internet. He forbidden to have a camera and cannot enter any schools or public places where children under 16 are likely to be.

- NZ Herald

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