Peeping tom suspect arrested for third time in less than a month

Eddie Parks, Jr. (left) and Tony Nelson
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RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN EDITOR

A Starkville man with a history of violence is facing a new charge for simple assault after two peeping tom arrests in the last month.

The Starkville Police Department arrested 59-year-old Eddie Parks, Jr. and 42-year-old Tony Nelson on Saturday shortly after 7 p.m., after officers responded to a disturbance on Nelson Street.

Both were charged with simple assault - domestic violence.

SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said bond for either suspect had not been set as of Sunday.

It is unclear at this time when their initial appearances in municipal court will be held.

Parks, who investigators referred to in a previous press release as “The Peeping Pimp,” was arrested on May 15 after an incident at 416 Highway 12 East on the morning of May 4.

Parks was also charged with resisting arrest and damaging a police vehicle.

Prior to the May 15 arrest, Parks was arrested on voyeurism charges on May 7 after he was accused of entering an enclosed brick area on the property of Dominoes Pizza on Highway 12, before looking through a window in the Sprint Mart next door to spy on the occupants of the store. During the incident, police say he exposed himself.

In 2016, the Starkville Daily News reported Parks was accused of residential burglary on Poplar Road in the early hours of Oct. 28, 2016 and another "peeping Tom" incident occurred Sept. 5 of that year, according to SPD. The incident occurred at the Courtyard Marriott, 100 Mercantile St.

On this previous voyeurism charge, Parks was suspected of watching hotel guests at the establishment.

In 2014, Oktibbeha County deputies arrested Parks for voyeurism and noncompliance as a sex offender. Circuit Court records show the charges were dismissed in September 2016.

While most of the accusations on Parks’ criminal record relate to voyeurism and burglary, he was also charged with aggravated assault in June 2015 after hitting Demetrice Nelson in the eye with a wooden stick.

Parks pleaded not guilty to the aggravated assault charge and the charge was ultimately dismissed by Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens after a statement was taken from Nelson’s mother, who witnessed the incident.

According to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records, a jury convicted Parks in 2009 of voyeurism and a judge sentenced him to five years in prison. He was released from prison in April 2014.

Court records also show Parks pleaded guilty in 1997 to an aggravated assault charge earlier that year, after he was accused of hitting Jason Hollingworth in the face with his fist and a bottle.

Parks was also convicted of burglary twice in the early 1980s.

Tony Nelson’s most recent charge in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court was a failure to register as a sex offender in 2012. Circuit Judge Lee Howard eventually retired the charge.

He has also faced charges of residential burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy.

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