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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 with 9 Comments »
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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  1. Hahahhahaaa

  2. To protect and…..touch small children.

    At te end of the day folks the policed are humans, normal ass ppl like me and you….no more no less

  3. This is insane. How can somebody be fairly tried on alleged incidents from over seven years ago? And get 14 years?

    This is wrong, unless he used threats to keep someone quiet.

  4. Tacoma_Born says:

    My first mental response is “d–n TPD again!” but my second, more measured one is expressed by waxhvac. Yep, the police are human beings like the rest of the population. We know we’re daily hearing about sexual predators in our communities; why wouldn’t they be in our police force? I’ve got no love for our police force, but that’s because of those who’ve used the power and privilege of their position to mistreat or victimize others. Sounds like Parkes is just your standard sick f—.

  5. Tacoma_Born says:

    pgroup, what a bizarre reaction. You think the suffering of this girl wears off in seven years? Believe me, there is a statute of limitations on prosecuting these people. Too bad Parkes wasn’t one of the lucky ones whose victim(s) were too traumatized to come forward before the time ran out. Does his guilt diminish over time?

  6. puyallupmutt says:

    Yet another Tacoma cop solidifying the TPD image as a bunch of idiotic renegade halfwits.

    Those that aren’t perverted psycho-killer Chiefs of Police that is.

    Makes you wonder what the entrance exam was like for Tacoma PD in the 60s 70s and 80s ? Post high school education definately not preferred.

    Still, they can always get new jobs in Fife.

  7. pazzo242 says:

    I have posted time and again in support of law enforcement and have ALWAYS said I will wait for the facts to come in before making judgement. Well the facts are in and Parkes was an idiot (I cannot use harsher words to describe my feelings on this blog).

    Johnny, I hope you like your new sex life in prison. It will not be anything like that youngster you were playing with at home! You got what you deserved.

  8. finally!! an officer gets something other than paid leave and a slap on the wrist…they are gonna love em…

  9. Maybe in 14 years the key will get lost!!!

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