Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children in his home
Lexington, SC - Kevan D. Parker, of Lexington, pled guilty today in Lexington County General Sessions Court to sexually assaulting two minor children on multiple occasions. Parker, age 39, pled guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 1st degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd degree. Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod IV imposed a lengthy sentence of thirty (30) years in prison. Under current state law, the criminal sexual conduct charges are classified as “no parole” offenses.
Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard stated, “This sentence is only possible because of the strength and bravery of the two young survivors in this case. This sex offender is now behind bars and out of our community. We are grateful to see justice served today.”
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation on May 20, 2017 after receiving a report of sexual assaults committed against the young victims, who were ages ten (10) and thirteen (13) at the time. Investigators executed a search warrant at Parker’s home and recovered evidence described by one of the victims. On June 9, 2017, during an interview with investigators, Parker waived his rights and provided a written statement in his own handwriting. In the statement, Parker admitted to committing a series of sexual assaults against both children.
During the sentencing hearing, both victims were present in court. The older victim described the long term emotional impact of the assaults. She stated, “I can’t sleep at night due to the violent nightmares. I fear falling asleep. I fear that I will be forever haunted by the crimes and deeds this monster has done.”
Parker’s trial was scheduled to begin next week on March 11th. In a turn of events, Parker opted to plead guilty to sexually assaulting both children instead of proceeding with a jury trial.
This case was prosecuted by 11th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Kate W. Usry and Assistant Solicitor Marie Sazehn. Parker is being transferred to the S.C. Department of Corrections to begin immediate service of his prison sentence.