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Charge: Roanoke Rapids Man Had Sex With Teen

Posted April 7, 2008 2:42 p.m. EDT

— Jeffrey Wayne Parks, 30, of Roanoke Rapids, faces sex-related charges for an alleged relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

According to Weldon police, the two met in September 2005 while performing at the Lakeland Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Littleton. They began a relationship that included sex acts in March 2007. The girl's father reported the relationship to Roanoke Rapids police in February.

Parks was arrested April 2 after a a joint investigation by the Weldon and Littleton police departments resulted in 20 counts of statutory rape/sex offense with a child the age of 6 or more. Weldon Lt. Lames Avens said 16 of the counts represented offenses that occured at the theater. The other four offenses allegedly took place at The Centre, which is located on the campus of Halifax Community College in Weldon.

Parks was released from custody on $50,000 bond and has an April 30 court date.