Parrish given 31-year prison sentence for sex abuse
Stanley Richard Parrish Sr., age 66, was sentenced to serve 375 months (31 years, 3 months) in the Oregon Department of Corrections by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ahern during a sentencing hearing at the Crook County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. The sentence included no eligibility for any form of early release from custody and a provision for lifetime supervision.
Parrish was previously convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a minor and ordered to register as a sex offender in Deschutes County in 2011.
In reaching this verdict, the judge found Parrish had sexually abused a family acquaintance on at least two occasions over the course of several years. The conviction of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months in prison under Ballot Measure 11 when the offense involves a child under the age of 12. At sentencing, the state requested the court impose a 375-month sentence due to the years of ongoing abuse and Parrish's extensive criminal history dating back to 1969.
This case came to law enforcement's attention after the child victim confided to her minor step-sister that the defendant had been sexually abusing her for years. The step-sister then shared these disclosures with the parents who immediately went to the Prineville Police Department to make a report. Sgt. Mark Monroe successfully led the investigation on behalf of the Prineville Police Department.
Shortly after the child came forward with detailed information about Parrish's abuse, he fled to the state of California. After a grand jury returned an indictment for multiple counts of sexual abuse, a nationwide arrest warrant was issued by the circuit court in February 2014. The Prineville Police Department coordinated with local, state and federal authorities to try and locate Parrish and place him under arrest. For almost three years, the defendant was able to successfully elude capture.
In August 2016, the Prineville Police Department released a new phone app and Facebook page to better involve the community. One such feature was the "Most Wanted" section listing individuals the police wanted to locate and arrest. Less than a week after the launch of the new features, a citizen spotted Parrish at a Walmart in Shasta County, California, and called the police. Parrish was arrested on state and federal warrants and extradited back to the State of Oregon to face charges. He has remained in custody since his return the state.
"The Crook County District Attorney's Office is appreciative of the outstanding efforts of our community partners in achieving a successful prosecution of this case," District Attorney Wade Whiting said in a news release Wednesday. "The KIDS Center provided invaluable support to both the victim and her family and provided expert testimony at trial. The Prineville Police Department thoroughly investigated the case and helped bring defendant back to the state of Oregon for prosecution."