Man charged for sending photos to a student


A Police Explorer recruiter who visited multiple local schools was charged with multiple felonies after sending graphic photographs of himself to a student he met on a volunteer visit to Lindbergh High School.

Eric Parks, 20, of the 490 block of England Drive in Festus, was arrested by the St. Charles Police Department and charged with first-degree sexual misconduct, attempting or promoting a sexual performance by a child and furnishing pornographic material to a minor.

After the arrest, LHS Principal Eric Cochran sent out a message to parents noting that Parks had been at the school and had been arrested.

As a Police Explorer volunteer, Parks visited local high schools and attempted to recruit students as fellow police volunteers.

Parks was based out of the South County Precinct as a volunteer, but is no longer with the program, a St. Louis County police spokesman said.

The Mehlville School District also sent a message to parents because Parks visited Mehlville High and Oakville High in February. At the time the Call went to press, the district was unaware of any inappropriate contact with students stemming from those visits.

Parks’ bond was set at $25,000, but he can pay 10 percent of it to get out of jail.

A judge ordered him not to have any contact with anyone under 17 years old and to stay off Snapchat, a social media site where users can send photos to each other that are deleted after looking at them.