Jury finds Eric Parmenter guilty of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse
A jury found Eric Parmenter guilty of two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree at the conclusion of a trial on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Dallas County Courthouse.
The jury was selected on Monday, Sept. 17 in the case of the State of Iowa vs. Eric Chandler Parmenter. Opening statements and witnesses from the prosecution and defense were heard on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Closing statements were then made on Sept. 19, followed by jury deliberations.
The jury retired around 12:10 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 3:26 p.m.
Judge Gregory Hulse read the unanimous verdict from the jury.
On Count 3, the members of the jury found the defendant, Parmenter, guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree.
On Count 4, the members of the jury found the defendant guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree.
Members of the jury filed out of the courtroom. Hulse then called the defendant and his attorney, Chris Kemp, to the front of the bench.
Hulse said the court remanded Parmenter to the custody of the Dallas County Sheriff until sentencing.
Sentencing has been set for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
Parmenter was arrested by the Perry Police Department on four counts of third degree sexual abuse on Friday, March 16.
A statement from the Perry Police Department said it was alleged in the complaints that Parmenter committed a sex act on a female under the age of 18 without her consent. Two of the incidents took place in the summer of 2010.
Two of the four counts of third degree sexual abuse were dismissed on Sept. 17 by Judge Richard Clogg.
Erica Clark, assistant district attorney, said in a motion to dismiss that the State no longer believed that sufficient evidence existed to continue prosecuting Counts 1 and 2.
Clark went on to add that the State believed Counts 3 and 4 were supported by enough evidence to continue prosecution through trial.
The Perry Chief will continue to update this story as more information is available.