Man faces juvenile rape charges


By Frank Lewis

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A man charged in one Scioto County jurisdiction with the rape of a juvenile, and in another Scioto County jurisdiction with criminal child enticement and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, has been indicted by a Scioto County grand jury in separate cases.

Wayne Parsons, 31, of Ironton, is accused by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office of a possible sexual assault on a victim living in the Wheelersburg area. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said detectives were able to locate the juvenile victim who was age 11 at the time of the assault to obtain a report which resulted in the suspect being interviewed and charged. In that case he faces two counts of rape.

In the other case, Parsons is accused by the Portsmouth Police Department of luring two 12-year-old girls to his car and of taking photos of the girls.

“He allegedly tried to do something else and frightened them and they bailed out of the car,” Portsmouth Police detective Chuck Crapyou said.

A citizen thought the situation was suspicious and took photos of the incident with a cellular phone. The charges in that case include two counts of criminal child enticement, gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

Crapyou and detective sergeant Jim Charles traveled to Coal Grove in Lawrence County and picked Parsons up on his job site, brought him back to Portsmouth where he was taken to the sheriff’s office immediately for questioning in the county’s case.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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