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Man faces sex abuse, sodomy charges

Published 12:12pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

After being sentenced to 30 years in prison for the production of child pornography, a Deatsville man must now answer for charges of sex abuse and sodomy.
Joshua Ray Parton, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday before Circuit Court Judge Ben Fuller.
Parton has been indicted on five counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and five counts of first-degree sodomy.
Sometime between 2007 and 2012, Parton is alleged to have raped two boys on multiple occasions and then use his cell phone camera to capture images of the molestation.
Parton’s charges in regard to the sexual abuse and sodomy stem from an incident that allegedly happened between May 2011 and March 2012, according to court records.
One of the victims was a 10-year-old boy. The boy lived with his father and Parton, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill ­Franklin.
On March 28, 2012, the boy told his grandmother that he had been sexually abused by Parton for years.
Parton was confronted by the boy’s father in Montgomery. The father attacked Parton, who eventually fled.
Parton later confessed to abusing the boy as well as other children in other counties and states.
“Sadly, but unfortunately true, these types of sexual assaults continue to plague not only our county, but other locations across the country,” Franklin told The Herald. “Hopefully, Mr. Parton will have an opportunity to reflect on the behavior he exhibited while in jail, which I believe everyone hopes is a significant amount of time.”
Parton pleaded guilty to producing child pornography on Dec. 17, 2012 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge in mid-May.
“The actions of this defendant were revolting and despicable,” U.S. Attorney George L. Beck said in May. “We hope that this sentence will send a message to others who would prey upon children. We will not tolerate it, and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
In regard to the five counts of sodomy and sexual abuse, C.J. Robinson said it will be up to the judge whether or not more years would be added to his sentence should Parton be found guilty.
Parton’s next scheduled court date following his arraignment on Thursday is Sept. 5.

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