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Former Tacoma officer sentenced to prison in molestation case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:22 am |
October 19, 2011 8:22 am

A former Tacoma police officer convicted of molesting a young female relative was sentenced Friday to more than 14 years in prison.

A jury convicted John H. Parkes, 46, last month of four counts of first-degree child molestation.

Prosecutors alleged Parkes inappropriately touched the girl and made her touch him in a sexual manner between 1996 and 2003. The girl’s mother reported the allegations to Tacoma police in early 2010.

Parkes, who resigned as a Tacoma police officer last year after the charges were filed, maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Pierce County Judge Katherine Stolz sentenced Parkes to 14 years, five months in prison. He was given credit for the 42 days he served in Pierce County Jail while awaiting the sentencing hearing, according to court documents.

Parkes also was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation as well as a drug and alcohol evaluation and to follow the treatment recommendations of both. He’s been prohibited to contact the victim.

Several of Parkes’ relatives submitted letters on his behalf before the sentencing.

Parkes has since been transferred from the jail to the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

His attorney has said Parkes plans to appeal the convictions.


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