Former police officer sentenced to 11 years for child sexual abuse

LA PLATA, Md. – A former Maryland police officer was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor, prosecutors say,

48-year-old Clyde Douglas Parks, Jr., of Waldorf is a former District Heights Police Officer.

Detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the victim who revealed that over the course of approximately two years she was repeatedly abused by Parks.  Officials sat the abuse included Parks showing the victim pornographic material and Parks engaging in repeated sexual acts with the victim.

Officials say the abuse began when the victim was approximately 8 years old.  The abuse came to light some 10 years later when the victim was interviewed in May of 2017.  During the course of the investigation, Parks admitted to the sexual contact as described by the victim, prosecutors say.

Parks entered a guilty plea in Circuit Court in front of the Honorable Judge Amy J. Bragunier to Sex Abuse of a Minor on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Jonathan Beattie told the judge, “Mr. Parks was supposed to be a role model for protection. The biggest, greatest betrayal is to violate trust to the extent Mr. Parks did. This is an issue the victim will be dealing with for the rest of her life. This was not an isolated incident. Mr. Parks was grooming the victim for his own selfish gratification.”

Prosecutors say Parks’ overall sentence was 25 years suspend all but 11 years active time to serve.  The State recommended and argued for a sentence of 15 years active time.