Tahlequah Daily Press

October 18, 2012

Local man charged with rape


TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man is facing felony accusations that he had a sexual encounter with a teen girl in June.

Ericson Lloyd Parrish, 25, is charged with first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, and lewd molestation.

According to an affidavit prepared by District 27 Investigator Jarrod Brown, a 14-year-old girl told a Help-In-Crisis interviewer in August that she’d had a sexual encounter with Parrish at his home on State Highway 10.

The girl said she, Parrish, and Parrish’s girlfriend had been to the river and later went to Parrish’s home. The alleged victim claims she and Parrish later smoked marijuana and the three fell asleep in the same bed.

The next morning, Parrish’s girlfriend left the home and Parrish allegedly began to touch the teen girl inappropriately. She said during her interview she told Parrish no several times, but he continued to be persuasive and she eventually stopped saying anything to him. She claims Parrish later told her to act like nothing had happened.

First-degree rape is punishable by one to 15 years in prison; rape by instrumentation is punishable by five years to life without parole; and lewd molestation is punishable by three to 20 years in prison.

A warrant was issued for Parrish’s arrest Wednesday.