Montgomery County, LA – Police in Louisiana have arrested 49-year-old Duane Parker after he allegedly sent sexual messages to more than a dozen preteens on Facebook, including a video of him masturbating while saying what he would like to do to a seventh-grade girl.
Parker got busted after an investigation into his online activities that started when the mother of one of the girls he contacted authorities after seeing messages from an unfamiliar name on her daughter’s Facebook page. The girl told her mother that she only accepted his friend request due to how many mutual friends that had in common.
His modus operandi seemed to be friending a young girl on Facebook, along with any of her friends, then begin innocently messaging them before bringing out the big guns. “He’ll chat with them for a while but then after befriending them he’ll start sending pornographic videos to them, whether it was video or still images,” said Captain Mark Seals.
By time investigators got involved, Parker had deleted his Facebook account and created a new one. Law enforcement discovered his new Facebook account and seen Parker had attempted to contact several more young girls. Investigators took control of the girl’s accounts and communicated with Parker, fooling him into believing they were the young girls.
He must have been naughty because on August 13 he was arrested and charged with two counts of online solicitation of a minor under 14. Parker, who has a 2010 conviction of indecent exposure after exposing his genitals to a 17-year-old Starbucks employee, was arrested while making a delivery to a restaurant for his company, 1-800-CRAWFISH. When he was arrested, he had his ten and six-year-old daughters with him. Both were taken into child protective services which, as it turns out, is a good thing and long overdue.
See, during their investigation, police discovered that Parker was accused of sexually abusing his then six-year old daughter. That case was supposed to be handed off to a grand jury, but that never happened. Current Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady admits he is not 100 percent sure why the case had fallen through the cracks, but once it was discovered it was quickly resolved. “When it became clear that there was still an unresolved investigation from 2008, our first priority was to get the evidence presented to the grand jury. Last week, a Galveston County grand jury heard that evidence and indicted Parker for the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child.”
Constable Kenneth Hayden of Precinct 4 called Parker every parent’s nightmare. “He’s the person you warn your kids about, and the reason we have to teach our children not to talk to strangers in person or online, even if they seem nice,” Hayden said. “Parker managed to befriend well over a dozen little girls without their parents’ knowledge with the intention of using them for his own twisted sexual gratification.”
This case is a clear example of the importance of monitoring your children’s online behavior. It’s important to know what your children are doing and who they are talking to. Because of one mother’s decision to so, other young girls are now protected from Parker’s deviancy — including his own two daughters.