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Elizabeth man sentenced to 5 years in prison for child abuse

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Frankie Lee Parkman, 42, was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections on March 17, 2014 for sexually assaulting a child. (Photo: Elbert County Sheriff's Office)

ELIZABETH, Colo. — A 42-year-old Elizabeth man received his sentence in an Elbert County courtroom for child abuse, according to a press release Tuesday from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.

Frankie Lee Parkman was sentenced to five years in prison.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says, “On March 17, 2014, Parkman was sentenced in Elbert County Court to five years in the Department of Corrections as a result of a plea bargain reached. He pled guilty to child abuse — negligently causing serious bodily injury (attempted), a class 5 felony.”

The Sheriff’s Office had initially sent out a media release stating that Parkman was sentenced “for sexually assaulting a child,” but later clarified that statement. This child abuse charge does not necessarily carry a connotation of sexual activity.

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However, Parkman has previously been convicted of sex assault against a child.

“Parkman was arrested and charged on Oct. 21, 1997, in Aurora, Colorado, for sexual assault on a child, two counts (and) sexual assault on a child, victim less than 15 years of age,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Parkman pled guilty to sexual assault on a child and was sentenced to 16 years’ probation.

“Parkman violated probation and was revoked on two occasions and ultimately sentenced to 7 years in the Department of Corrections, and sex offender registration requirement.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Parkman was later arrested in August of 2012 on child sex assault charges.

Parkman was then arrested on Feb 1, 2013 for “failure to register as a sex offender/false information, Violation of bail bond conditions and Violation of a protection order,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Parkman was arrested again on Feb. 28, 2013, for “failure to register as a sex offender/move name change, violation of bail bond conditions and violation of a protection order.”