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Man commits suicide as deputies attempt arrest on sex charges

5-8-2007 Illinois:
MCLEANSBORO, Ill. — A rural McLeansboro, Ill. man wanted on multiple sex abuse and assault charges apparently took his own life Monday evening as sheriff's officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his home.

Jerry D. Parker, 57, died around 6:15 Monday evening at his home in Twigg Township in rural Hamilton County. According to Hamilton County Circuit Court records, sex abuse and assault charges were filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court last Wednesday, May 2. Parker was facing three Class-X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class-2 felony for allegedly having unlawful sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.

Local authorities report that a Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy went to Parker's home Monday evening to arrest him on the outstanding warrants when the suspect asked for enough time to change clothes before being taken to jail. The officer refused to allow Parker to be out of his sight, police said. In an instant, though, Parker ducked into the bathroom of his home, put a shotgun to his head and took his own life.

Parker was well known in Hamilton County, working as an independent drywall contractor. Bond in the pending cases against Parker had been set at $7,500 cash. Services for Jerry D. Parker are pending at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. ..more.. by Len Wells

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