By Frank Lewis
A Lawrence County man wanted in a child enticement case in Portsmouth was being questioned Monday afternoon by Scioto County Sheriff’s Deputy Jodi Conkel about another possible case.
Wayne Parsons, 32, of Buckhorn Street in Ironton, is in custody of Portsmouth Police on a child pornography felony charge. He is accused of taking pornographic images of a child.
Since February, Portsmouth Police Detective Chuck Crapyou had been looking everywhere for a silver or taupe colored 2000-to-2008 Chevrolet Tahoe in an attempt to locate the man some local children say attempted to lure them into that vehicle. Now he is seeking the help of residents in this area in finding the man.
“There were three children,” Crapyou said outside the sheriff’s office. “Two 12-year-old girls and a 12-year-old boy. He saw them walking down the street and approached them. Actually they had tried to hide behind the church at Sixth and Brown streets and he saw them come back around and starts talking to them. He lured the two girls to come over into the car, then started taking photographs. He allegedly tried to do something else and frightened them and they bailed out of the car.”
Crapyou and Detective Sergeant Jim Charles had traveled to Lawrence County to pick Parsons up.
“We just went up to his work spot,” Crapyou said. “We got with the Ironton PD and went up to his residence and from there we ended up over at the location in Coal Grove where he was working and asked him to accompany us back to the station for a chat.”
When asked if Parsons admitted the crime, Crapyou responded – “Parts of it, yes.”
Last week Crapyou produced a photo of the suspect for the Daily Times in hopes someone would recognize the man or the car and get in touch with his office. The photo had been altered to remove the images of the children so they would not be identified. The background also had been removed because it was on the parking lot of the church and detectives didn’t want to give away the location while they were seeking the suspect.
“If he had known that, he would have known it wasn’t a security camera that caught him,” Crapyou said. “It was a good old citizen that was nosey that thought something was wrong and snapped the picture as it went down. They just thought that was odd and they contacted the authorities from there.”
Crapyou took the opportunity to thank the citizen for being alert enough to photograph the incident.
“They’ve got some interviews to do with him here at the Scioto County Jail and then from there he will have his hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and arraignment at Portsmouth Municipal Court,” Crapyou said.
It is not known what case county authorities were questioning him about.
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