Eddie Parks bond revocation

Peeping tom suspect Eddie Parks, Jr. (right), sits in an Oktibbeha County courtroom on Tuesday with his public defender Ben Lang.

An Oktibbeha County Circuit Court judge revoked bond on Tuesday for a Starkville man with an extensive criminal record and numerous peeping tom charges and convictions, after he repeatedly failed to adhere to the restrictions of his bond.

Circuit Judge Lee Coleman ruled that Eddie Parks, Jr. poses a danger to the public due to his past peeping tom activities — which earned him the nickname “The Peeping Pimp” among local law enforcement — and failure to comply, and ordered Parks to be taken into custody immediately after Tuesday’s hearing.

Assistant District Attorney P. Trina Davidson-Brooks is prosecuting the case for District Attorney Scott Colom’s office and said the state would likely file a motion to amend the indictment for Parks to try him as a habitual offender.

The current two-count indictment Parks is facing includes accusations of him peeping through a window of the Sprint Mart located in the 100 block of Highway 12 to spy on the occupants. In the second count on the indictment, he is accused of committing a similar act at Subway in the 400 block of Highway 12.

After revoking his bond, Judge Coleman said it would be best for the trial to be held as soon as possible.

“I don’t want him spending a year awaiting trial in the county jail,” Judge Coleman said. “I want the state to go ahead and prosecute this case.”

The judge then instructed both Davidson and public defender Ben Lang, representing Parks, to file any motions as soon as possible, with the hope of having Parks set for trial during the January circuit court term.

When asked if Parks would be tried separately for his two peeping tom charges, Davidson-Brooks said as of now he would be tried for both cases at the same time on the same indictment, unless he files to separate the two cases.

Davidson-Brooks initially filed the petition to revoke Parks’ bond in August and a hearing was set for Sept. 6 in Lowndes County, but Parks checked himself into a local mental treatment facility and the hearing date and location were moved to Tuesday in Oktibbeha County.

As for the bond revocation, Parks, who was indicted by an Oktibbeha Grand Jury on the felony charge in July 2018, reportedly violated his court-mandated curfew on at least four separate occasions.

Last December, Parks, who also goes by the nickname “Soon,” was convicted in Starkville Municipal Court of trespassing and sentenced last year by Judge Rodney Faver to serve six months in the county jail.

Once released, he was given a bond with conditions that he had to wear a GPS device and adhere to all the conditions of the GPS monitoring agreement, including curfew restrictions and not removing the device. He was initially allowed to post bond and was released from jail, court records show.

The previous motion says Parks violated his curfew this year on July 2, July 13, July 15 and July 16.

What’s more, the state argues Parks allowed his device to completely shut down so that his location could not be monitored on two separate occasions — July 1 and July 18.

Parks also apparently sent his wife to the home of his probation officer on July 18 after being previously told that they shall communicate with the probation officer at her office or via telephone only.

A Notice of Violation was included in the filing, saying Parks was placed back on house arrest and electronic monitoring for the second time on June 10 of this year after he was released from serving six months in the county jail. The time he served was in connection to violating a court order to not return to the Holiday Inn Express in Starkville.

According to his requirements, Parks was only allowed to leave his home for work, church or authorized personal business.

He was also required to charge his device for an hour and a half in the morning and for the same amount of time at night.

Starting on June 20, Parks was allowed to leave his home at 8 a.m. and return by 10 a.m. and leave again at 3 p.m. and return by 7 p.m.

Parks has an extensive criminal record going back to the early 1980s, beginning with prison time served for a 1981 burglary, followed by two more prison terms on similar charges. In the 1990s, Parks was charged with aggravated assault and most recently for voyeurism at two local businesses.

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