Judge orders monitoring device for 'Peeping Pimp' suspect


Eddie Parks, Jr.

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN Editor

A Starkville man accused in a string of peeping Tom arrests earlier this year will have to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his bond.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman modified the conditions of the $30,000 bond set for 59-year-old Eddie Parks, Jr., who was recently served a two-count indictment for trespassing by a peeping Tom on Tuesday.

Parks, who is also known by the nickname “Soon,” has an extensive criminal record that includes past convictions for violent offenses and voyeurism.

After being arrested in May for two separate peeping Tom incidents, Starkville Police began referring to Parks as “The Peeping Pimp,” due to the style of clothing he can often be seen wearing.

Additional conditions of his modified bond state that Parks can’t possess any weapons, drugs or alcohol, and if he leaves the state, he will wave his extradition back to Oktibbeha County.

Parks is also ordered to not have any contact with the victims and must stay 500 feet away from any victims at all times while he is out on bond.

If the monitoring device is removed, Parks will be in direct violation of the court order and his bond will be revoked.

Parks was served the two-count indictment on July 31. Public defender Ben Lang was previously appointed to his case after the indictment was filed earlier in the month.

For count one, the indictment states Parks entered the property of the Sprint Mart located at 101 Highway 12 East with the purpose of spying on the occupants in the convenience store on April 24.

According to police, Parks exposed himself during the incident.

On the second count, the indictment states Parks entered the property of the Subway located at 416 Highway 12 with the purpose of spying on the occupants in the restaurant on May 4.

Parks’ run-ins with police began in the 1980s with two burglary convictions.

According to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records, Parks pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 1997 for hitting Jason Hollingworth in the face with both his fist and a bottle.

Records also show a jury convicted Parks of voyeurism in 2009. Parks was sentenced to five years in prison and was released in April 2014.

Parks recently pleaded guilty to the simple assault of his wife’s son, Tony Nelson, in Municipal Court on June 4. Nelson pleaded guilty to the same charge and confessed that he initiated the confrontation.

Parks’ trial date on the peeping Tom charges is set for the next Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term, which will begin Oct. 15.

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