Bruce Parks

Bruce Parks leaves Yuma Justice Court Tuesday afternoon after appearing before Justice of the Peace Gregory Stewart. 

A criminal complaint alleging eight felony offenses was filed Tuesday afternoon in Yuma Justice Court against the 27-year-old California man who allegedly traveled here to have a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old female.

When Bruce Lee Parks appeared for his arraignment before Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart, he was formally advised of his rights and the charges against him, which included two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

The remaining charges, Judge Stewart continued, were attempted sexual conduct with a minor, furnishing harmful items to minors, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia.

When bond was addressed, a prosecutor with the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, requested the amount be increased to $200,000 and that it be converted to cash-only, adding that Parks is from out of state and should be considered a flight-risk.

He added that Parks has three previous convictions for violent offenses, and that he also has two failures to appear for past court hearings.

In response, attorney Richard Parks (no relation), of the Yuma County Public Defenders Office, informed the court that his client was asking to be released on his own recognizance and allowed to continue residing in California.

Parks went on to say that his client wanted him to inform the court  that he has three children and a new baby on the way, and that he wanted out of custody to get treatment.

 “It was a mistake,” Bruce Parks said as he fought back tears.

After hearing from both counsel Judge Stewart denied Park’s request and ordered the bond remain at the $100,000 it had been set at during a previous hearing. he also ordered that it be converted from a surety bond to a cash-only bond.

Judge Stewart also scheduled Park’s next court appearance for 4 p.m. on Jan. 17 for a preliminary hearing. He further advised Parks that the case will likely go before the grand jury before then, but if not, he will need to return to Justice Court for Friday’s hearing.

According to Yuma police at approximately 7:46 p.m. on Jan. 9, officers made contact with Parks, at the Love’s Truck Stop, located at 2931 E. Gila Ridge Road, regarding the allegations.

Truck driver Anthony Greene provided Yuma police with the information about Parks’ intentions. He is with Truckers against Predators and has a team of volunteers that pose as children online to lure in predators, then exposes them while driving his route.

During the course of an investigation detectives were able to develop enough probable cause to arrest Parks

Although Greene did not confront Parks in this incident, he usually does, and broadcasts it live to tens of thousands on the group’s Facebook page. Video’s of the incident can be seen there.

In one of the videos, Greene states that Parks traveled an hour and a half from California to get to Yuma, and that when he was arrested he allegedly was in possession of a rifle and drugs.

He added that the person who drove Parks to Yuma was also arrested because he reportedly had a warrant for his arrest out of Oregon. 

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

Recommended for you