Cops Grab Sex Attack Suspect; Serial Sex Offender Benefits from Lenient Treatment by St. Mary’s States Attorney Fritz
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. — The mean streets of Lexington Park’s high-crime hotspot district, designated in 1998 as an area full of drugs, street crime, and violent assaults – making it eligible for added state and federal funds for law enforcement isn’t too much of a success story.
In spite of a tough-talking Republican sheriff being in office since 2006, the incidents of crime appear more eye-popping in recent months with armed robberies along Great Mills Road, even during daylight hours.
A recent sexual attack on a woman provoked a full frontal attack on crime in the past two weeks by the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, sending more officers into the Great Mills Road area as well as other shopping districts in the county due to the Christmas shoplifting season. The effort paid off on Dec. 29th when patrol officers and the Sheriff’s Hooker and Hobo Patrol nabbed the suspect in the sex attack. The man who was captured is a serial sex offender who has received lenient treatment by the tough-talking Republican States Attorney Richard Fritz.
On December 10, 2015, an adult female was approached by an unknown male on the 21000 block of Sheriff Miedzinski Way in Lexington Park. The victim attempted to flee, but the suspect used physical force to pull the victim into the woods.
The suspect forced the victim to perform sexual acts on him against her will and threatened her with bodily harm and death if she did not comply with his demands. After several minutes, the victim was able to flee from the area. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division assumed the investigation.
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that Donald Leo Parks, 22, of 21458 Dana Court, Lexington Park, Md., was identified as the suspect. An arrest warrant was obtained for Parks on December 28, 2015, charging him with sex offense second degree, sex offense third degree, assault second degree and false imprisonment. With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and the Lexington Park COPs Unit, Parks was arrested on December 29, 2015, and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He is currently pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
Parks was charged by Deputy Robert Merritt and installed in the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Jail.
On Dec. 15, 2015, Parks was charged with once again displaying his shortcomings and a summons was issued.
On Dec. 15, 2013, Parks was charged by Maryland State Police Trooper Casey Ruth with indecent exposure. In a plea deal with St Mary’s County States Attorney Richard Fritz, Parks entered a guilty plea on April 3, 2014, in return for no fine and a sentence of one year in jail. The plea deal called for 296 days suspended with credit for time served for 69 days. A free attorney, paid for by taxpayers, Makeba Gibbs, was provided for Parks.
On Jan. 16, 2014, Parks was charged by St. Mary’s Deputy Sheriff Timothy Shomper with theft and rogue and vagabond, which means roaming around looking for opportunities to commit burglary. In a plea deal with Fritz on April 3, 2014, the tough-talking Republican prosecutor agreed to a sentence of three years in jail for Parks. The entire sentence was immediately suspended. No fine, no time.
On Aug. 10, 2013, Parks was charged with two counts of assault by Deputy Timothy Snyder. In District Court of St. Mary’s County on Oct. 17, 2013, the charges were dropped by Fritz.
On May 7, 2013, Parks was charged by Deputy Brian Connelly with indecent exposure and two counts of Peeping Tom. In a plea deal approved by St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, Parks entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 548 days in jail with 290 days suspended and credit given for time served of 258 days. The end result is on that day of the plea deal, the special Walled City of Leonardtown math let the serial sex offender go free and walk out of court. It took two public defenders to arrange this deal with Fritz.
On March 5, 2013, Parks was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and one count of attempted burglary by Maryland State Trooper Michael Parker. In St. Mary’s District Court, on Oct. 17, 2013, Fritz dropped all the charges with no fine and no time.
On March 1, 2013, a warrant served by Deputy Trevor Teague charged Parks with indecent exposure. In a plea deal with Fritz on April 3, 2014, Parks entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 548 days in jail with 290 days suspended and 258 days’ credit for time served.
On March 5, 2012, Parks was charged in Charles County Circuit Court with assault. A plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington on March 28, 2014, resulted in a sentence of 18 months in jail. The deal provided for 1 year, 5 months and 20 days to be suspended and credit given for 10 days in jail which was already served. Probation for five years was promptly violated by Parks.