Authorities with the Spring Township Police Department say a Bellefonte man is behind bars following an investigation into accusations that he had a “sexual relationship” with a 14-year-old girl.
Police say in September, officers received multiple reports in regards to the sexual assault of a minor involving an individual named “Parker.”
Upon further investigation, police say they identified the suspect as 32-year-old Akile Parker and authorities say they discovered numerous, sexually-explicit text messages between he and the victim.
Police say the victim’s mother allegedly confronted Parker about the accusations, at which time he denied them.
According to the affidavit, police say the victim told investigators that she and Parker had engaged in a “sexual relationship” for several months.
Police say further investigation into the text messages revealed that the two would “have sex” multiple times per week, from June through September.
Authorities say the messages also showed that in October, Parker texted the victim and told her to delete any evidence of their relationship, which included sexually explicit photos that the victim had reportedly sent him.
“Yooooo, delete everything…..all the messages, photos….EVERYTHING,” Parker told the victim.
Police say when they later questioned Parker about the accusations he told investigators that “he would be an open book,” after they searched his phone, but authorities say he never directly confirmed nor denied the relationship.
Authorities say Parker failed to show up for future questioning and was believed to have possibly fled to New York City.
According to online court records, Parker was taken into custody on Thursday, Nov. 17, and is being housed at the Centre County Prison.
Court dockets show that he faces multiple felony counts of statutory sexual assault, as well as charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, possession of child pornography, indecent assault and tampering with evidence.
Parker’s bail was denied for “public safety” reasons.