News and Tribune

May 5, 2014

Charlestown man charged in online sex abuse

Greater Clark schools first to notify about alleged sexual misconduct

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — A 57-year-old Charlestown man has been charged following claims he had sexual communication with a Greater Clark County Schools preteen though a series of emails.

Donald Wayne Parkerson, Hillcrest Drive, is accused of identifying himself online as two different teenage boys during the online discourse with the 12-year-old girl, who he knows. Parkerson is not accused of having inappropriate physical contact with the child, but digital evidence shows he used two email accounts to foster graphic exchanges with the girl, according to the Charlestown Police Department.

Parkerson was held at the Clark County jail for a short time Thursday, May 1, before being released on a $10,000 bond payment. He appeared for a hearing in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Monday with his attorney Brad Jacobs. Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull represented the state during the proceeding and Judge Dan Moore presided.

During the hearing, Moore outlined the restrictions of Parkerson’s pretrial conditions, which included wearing a Clark County Community Corrections monitoring device and being subject to unannounced home visits. He is permitted from possessing a cell phone and or accessing a computer or another device to use the Internet.

The Charlestown Police Department was notified of the emails after the Information Technology Department at Greater Clark intercepted emails between the student’s school email and an unknown individual’s account. On Jan. 11, Greater Clark notified the Department of Child Services of the communication, and the agency reported the alleged abuse to CPD.

Parkerson is believed to have emailed the child sexually graphic photographs of teenage boys and received similar images of the girl, after encouraging her to create and email the photographs of herself. The content of the emails outlined in the probable cause affidavit includes Parkerson — identifying himself as teenage boy — using graphic language to instruct the child to carry out sexual, adult scenarios with her 13-year-old female friend. Police reported Parkerson used several emails and online identities to send the child multiple sexually explicit images. The communications is believed to have taken place from August 2013 to January.

The child’s mother told investigators that Parkerson had told her he had created the false online identities, “to teach [the girl] a lesson about talking to strangers on the Internet,” according to the affidavit.

The girl’s parents have signed a DCS child safety plan to prevent any contact between their daughter and Parkerson, according to the affidavit.

After the hearing, Jacobs said the child and her family do not wish to pursue the case any further.

While the prosecutor’s office can take alleged victims wishes as guidance, it is left to the Office of the Clark County Prosecutor, not the family, to determine if charges are dropped or pursued.

Parkerson has been charged with two class B felony counts vicarious sexual gratification; class C felony child solicitation; and possession of child pornography; distribution or exhibition of obscene matter, and dissemination of matter harmful to minors, all class D felonies.

The maximum sentence of the combined charges is more than 57 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

He is scheduled to return to Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 for a pretrial conference July 10.