Oklahoma City schoolteacher arrested, accused of child abuse

Jeremy Shawn Parke, 39, of Moore, was arrested on a warrant about 12:30 p.m. today at Oklahoma City School District's Roosevelt Middle School, 3233 SW 44, Moore Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON tpemberton@opubco.com Modified: March 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm •  Published: March 30, 2011
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A Roosevelt Middle School science teacher was arrested today, accused of abusing his two children.

Jeremy Shawn Parke, 39, of Moore, was arrested on a warrant about 12:30 p.m. at the school at 3233 SW 44, Moore Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.

Parke was charged today in Cleveland County with two counts of child abuse or enabling child abuse.

Parke is accused of abusing his two children, both 19 months old but born to different mothers, Lewis said.

Parke's attorney, Elton Jenkins, of Norman, said Wednesday: “I can tell you this, similar accusations have been made about him in the past, and they were proven to be unfounded and untrue.

“My client willingly went and talked to law enforcement. He has nothing to hide. The main point is he was asked to make a statement and that's exactly what he did. The idea that he was going to do something or anything like that is just wrong. I've talked to this man and I've listened to what he has to say and he has steadfastly professed his innocence and wants his day in court.”

The abuse is said to have happened while the children were in Parke's care between March 4 and 7, Lewis said.

When the children were returned to their mothers, one mother noticed a burn on the chest of her child, Lewis said. Parke explained it as a rug burn that happened while the two were playing, Lewis said.

That child, a girl, also had a cut lip, a bruise above the eye and bruising on the buttocks. Parke explained the lip and eye injuries as a result of the child falling into a coffee table but could not explain the bruising on the buttocks, Lewis said.


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