SHARON – Police are looking for a man who runs a Sharon organization for troubled youths in connection with sex charges involving a minor.
Sonny Lee Parker, 37, of 424 Service Ave., Apartment 1, Sharon, is the executive director for the Mighty Cubs.
“He is believed to have fled our jurisdiction and attempts with his attorney to get him to turn himself in have been unsuccessful,” Sharon police Capt. Travis Martwinski said.
Parker was charged Friday with corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, promoting or encouraging prostitution, indecent exposure and open lewdness.
Sharon police said they have screenshots of messages sent to a minor by Parker that are of a sexual nature.
According to the police criminal complaint, the minor was babysitting when Parker allegedly texted her asking if she liked nice things. He then made a suggestive comment, police said.
The minor told police she became very uncomfortable being there and called a family
member to pick her up, but received several text messages from Parker in the meantime. She said Parker then came downstairs and exposed himself, and she left, police said.
Police obtained a search warrant for the minor’s phone and found messages corroborating her story.
After trying to contact Parker on the phone and in person, police were told by a confidential source that Parker said he is leaving town, according to the complaint.
Anyone with information about Parker’s whereabouts should contact Martwinski at 724-983-3210 or the Mercer County 911 center at 724-662-6110.
Through the Mighty Cubs, Parker was trying to open a youth homeless shelter. His organization is non-profit, and he interacts with several students and their families on a regular basis.
Parker is known for his organization’s sock giveaway in the wintertime.