MORE TROUBLE FOR KEVIN PARKER …
A little over four years ago, this website reported on the disposition of a series of indecent exposure, assault and burglary charges involving Kevin Parker, son of former S.C. Rep. Steve Parker.
Remember that story? If not, here’s a refresher …
What troubled us most wasn’t just Parker’s escalating perversions (in one incident he was caught exposing himself and masturbating in front of female students – in another series of incidents he actually stalked them, broke into their dorm rooms and touched them as they slept).
That’s sufficiently disturbing … but that’s not the real scandal as far as we’re concerned.
What truly troubled us was how Parker’s father repeatedly covered for his son – offering cockamamie excuses to the media for his behavior while also allegedly meddling in a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office probe.
The former lawmaker was also integrally involved in keeping his son out of jail in 2012 – vowing to keep a better handle on him while getting him the treatment he needed. The court took him at his word – and the younger Parker got probation instead of prison time. Not only that, his name was kept off of the state’s sex offender registry.
Well guess what …
Parker, 32, was busted this week on two counts of voyeurism and one count of impersonating a police officer. His mug shot has been conveniently removed from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s website (looks like the old man still has connections), but booking records show he was released on his own recognizance related to the charges.
Sources at the Spartanburg Sheriff’s department have confirmed to FITS that Parker allegedly placed a video recording device in a bathroom stall at Delaney’s Irish Pub on Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg.
When a customer noticed the camera (allegedly disguised as a power outlet) and attempted to bring it to the attention of the pub manager, Parker reportedly presented a fake badge and grabbed the device on his way out of the door.
Police later arrested him with the badge and the video recording device on a street near the pub.
Local residents are irate. They’re not only mad Parker was on the streets, but they’re also livid that his politically connected father once again appears to be taking steps to shield his son from the consequences of his actions.
“This needs to stop,” one told us, adding that the younger Parker “has been exposing himself since 2006.”
We agree …
We understand this former lawmaker wants to protect his son, but the situation long ago passed the point of dangerous enabling. Parker clearly has a problem, and clearly needs help – not more coddling.
Also, shame on Spartanburg sheriff Chuck Wright and former S.C. attorney general Henry McMaster – both of whom had a chance to blow the whistle on this situation years ago and failed to do so.
To Wright’s credit, his men did arrest Parker when the evidence against him became impossible for them to ignore – and Wright did speak out against the light sentence Parker received from the court.
And what of Parker’s father?
After attempting to exonerate his son (claiming he was “peeing in the bushes” during one of his indecent exposure episodes), Steve Parker later blamed his son’s behavior on the impact of concussions he allegedly sustained during his high school athletic career.
“After the doctors explained some of the physical issues with concussions, it just verified our faith in our son,” he told The Spartanburg Herald Journal at the time.
Yeah … okay.
This charade needs to stop … now. Kevin Parker needs to be taken off the streets before someone gets hurt. And Steve Parker needs to realize that further enabling helps absolutely no one in this sad situation.
UPDATE: Reporter Amy Wood of television station WSPA TV 7 (CBS – Greenville/ Spartanburg) has a post up confirming our original reporting and providing some additional details on the incident. To read her story, click here.