Local high school fishing coach charged with sex offenses

John Parks

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A McCracken County High School coach has been charged with sex offenses.

On Thursday, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Kentucky State Police on allegations of inappropriate contact and communication between a minor and the McCracken County High School Fishing Coach, 56-year-old John Parks.

Detectives interviewed the victim that afternoon and looked at electronic communications between Parks and the minor. The decision was then made to arrest Parks.

Around 7:40 p.m. Thursday night, Parks was arrested and his car was searched. Detectives then went to his home and executed a search warrant.

That is where they found inappropriate photos believed to be of a second minor. The person in the photos was found, confirmed they were a minor at the time the photos were taken and also told detectives they were unaware that Parks had the photos.

Parks was taken to the McCracken County Jail and is charged with sexual abuse first degree and possession of child pornography.

An investigation is ongoing.

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