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Forest Grove man sentenced in sex case

James Dallas Parks gave beer to a 13-year-old, then tried to molest him while wrestling in Rogers Park
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A 35-year-old homeless man who spent his days at Forest Grove's Rogers Park will now spend the next three in prison, after pleading guilty to the attempted sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy.

On Feb. 27, James Dallas Parks pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse and furnishing alcohol to a minor. He'll spend three years and four months in prison and be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

The court also ordered him to not have contact with children or go places where children are present for five years after he leaves prison.

Forest Grove Police said that Parks was a regular figure in Rogers Park, where he tried to wrestle with children.

Police arrested Parks last October after a 13-year-old boy said that during a bout of wrestling in August, Parks touched him inappropriately. A witness corroborated the story.

The boy said Parks had stayed with the boy's father in the past. Parks had developed a friendship with the boy by giving him beer in the park.

The boy also told police that Parks confessed to being a 'child molester,' and had previously tried to lure the boy into a portable toilet to show him a handgun.

Parks was on probation for possession of methamphetamine at the timeof his October arrest.

Capt. Aaron Ashbaugh, Forest Grove Police spokesman, said it was good that Parks was off the streets.

Most sex abuse cases are difficult to prosecute because of the nature of the crimes.

'In this case we were fortunate that there was a witness,' Ashbaugh said. 'Often in these cases we don't have a lot of physical evidence, so it's the victim's statement against that of the accused.'