Charlestown man faces sex offense charges


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 6:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- 57-year-old Donald Parkerson faces felony charges. He is suspected of soliciting a 12-year-old relative online.

"It was determined that Mr. Parkerson had assumed the identity online of some young boys and was communicating with a young female," Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull said.

From August 2013 to January 2014, detectives say Parkerson used three different screen names to communicate with that relative, posing as various teenage boys and sending the girl sexual images he found on the internet and asking her for pictures too.

"He was having this young girl take pictures of herself in sexually explicit situations and sending them to him," Mull said.

Monday in court, Judge Moore set some pre-trial conditions for Parkerson.

"He will be on home incarceration. He will be subject to random probation visits. He will not be allowed to have any type of computer or cell phone during this case," Mull said.

The defense thinks the conditions were a little strong but said his client will comply.

"I have never seen that before and I don't necessarily like it, but I think that’s the only option we had today. It wasn’t much of an option at all," Parkerson's attorney Brad Jacobs said. 

Parkerson's attorney did say that the alleged victim doesn't want to press charges.

"I've had contact with the alleged victim and she's not interested in this going any further at all," Jacobs said. 

"If the victim is of that position, that's not been conveyed to the prosecutor yet, but in a case like this it really won't matter," Mull said.  

Mull also said although Parkerson is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the conditions are important for the safety of the community.

"I think the judge here was just trying to make sure that it was very clear that in no way shape or form was he allowed to be online anymore while this case pends," Mull said. 

Parkerson’s pre-trial conference is set for July 10th.