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‘DEVIOUS’: Watford paedophile jailed after breaching sexual harm prevention conditions

 Published on: 25th March 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A “devious” Watford paedophile broke the conditions of his sexual harm prevention by hiding a mobile phone from the police and using an alias on Snapchat.

Shray Parekh, 34, of Chesham Way, Watford, was jailed for 18 months today (Monday, March 25) after officers found he had downloaded more indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

He had been given a suspended sentence in December 2021 for sexual communication with a girl aged under 16 and possessing indecent images.

Prosecutor Nathalie Carter told St Albans Crown Court when the police went to his home in March last year, he tried to hide a phone he had not registered with them.

He had been using an alias on Snapchat, which had also not registered, and had been communicating with someone he thought was aged 13.

Ms Carter said he had downloaded nine Category A indecent images of children, the most serious level, two Category B images and four Category C images on his phone. There was also one image of extreme pornography.

Parekh appeared for sentence having admitted seven offences: three offences of making (downloading) indecent images of children, one of possessing extreme pornography, two of breach a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and one of failing to notify an unregistered alias.

He was in breach of the 10-month jail sentence that had been suspended for two years.

Defending, Gerard Pitt said Parekh was “deeply ashamed” and wanted to apologise to the court.

He said he had been a heavy recreational user of cannabis but had sought help and had completed the probation programme from his previous sentence.

Judge Barbara Mensah made a new sexual harm prevention order, which included a condition that Parekh may have to undergo polygraph assessments to check if he is reoffending.

She told him: “There are many aggravating features to this case, not least that you were before the court a few years ago for similar offending.

“On that occasion, you were given a suspended sentence, but all that has shown is that you have been devious and determined and your behaviour is entrenched.

“The court gave you an opportunity on the last occasions and you abused that by continuing to offend.”

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