TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. - Authorities in southwest Virginia say a convicted child predator could be a free man in a little more than a year, and they believe he committed more crimes than those for which he was convicted.
Now they're asking other possible victims to come forward.
Paris Parker of Cedar Bluff, Virginia was convicted of two counts of Statutory Rape back in 1996, and was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Authorities say Parker sexually molested two underage boys, and they believe there are more victims out there because he worked closely with children as a volunteer and as a school janitor. "We feel that there are possibly many more victims out there and should any of them come forward and indicate they want their case investigated, we would follow through with a thorough investigation," said Tazewell County Commonwealth's Attorney Dennis Lee. "My office has prosecuted cases 25 years past the time that they happened. On crimes such as this, there is no statute of limitations."
Paris Parker is currently being housed in the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. He's scheduled to be released on December 8, 2014.
"He's done a lot of damage to my son's life. [My son] carries a lot of anger, he's suicidal. His manhood has been taken, and a lot of depression," said the mother of one of Parker's victims, identified only as 'Kayla'. "I believe that he wanted to stop this monster and save a lot of other children and let them know what [Parker] was."
"The young men who came forward in this case were extremely courageous," said Lee. "In my opinion it took a pedophile off the streets. As a rule, these people do not stop until someone comes forward or something stops them. They continue to prey on our children and I would just encourage anyone with information on Mr. Parker or anyone else who is sexually abusing children to come forward."
"I just pray all the others out there will come forward and get counseling, some kind of treatment or they'll be in the same situation as my son, he is on the verge of suicide and he blames himself for everything," said Kayla, who has worked tirelessly trying to ensure her son's molester is not released.
"Sometimes [victims] shouldn't be, but they're ashamed and embarrassed about what happened, sometimes they blame themselves," said Lee.
"We always let them know it's not their fault," said Linda Cooley, the director of the Victim Witness Assistance program in Tazewell County.
Cooley said that speaking out can help victims heal. "Many times, especially child victims, they keep it hidden for a long, long time. They carry this burden with them and it causes all kinds of psychological problems," said Cooley.
If you, or someone you know, has been victimized by Paris Parker or any other sexual predator, you should contact your local law enforcement office.
"If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, it really helps to contact someone to get some help with that," said Cooley. "Maybe go to counseling if you don't feel like you can go through the full court process, just seek out some counseling for your problems."