Putnam County Photographer Indicted For Child Rape
PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. - A 70-year-old Putnam County photographer, who was previously charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, has been arrested on child rape and other sexual exploitation charges.
James "Punch" Parker was indicted by the December session of the Putnam County Grand Jury on charges of rape of a child, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor on one indictment, and two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor on a second indictment.
Investigators began looking into Parker in December 2012 after receiving information that he was taking photographs of underage children at his home in Bloomington Springs.
Some of the children told their parents there was video equipment in a changing area where they were asked to change for "photo sessions."
He was initially arrested in August on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor after authorities found more than 100 videos and/or images of child porn on his computer.
He was released on $150,000 bond after that arrest, and turned himself in on December 13 stemming from the most recent charges.
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