Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reduced Bond Request Denied ; Man Accused of Sexual Abuse Has Been Jailed since Last June on $150,000 Cash-Only Bond

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reduced Bond Request Denied ; Man Accused of Sexual Abuse Has Been Jailed since Last June on $150,000 Cash-Only Bond

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A judge didn't have to hear much about sexual abuse allegations that date back 17 years before denying a Charleston man's request Wednesday for a lower bond. Michael Parrell III, 41, is accused of sexually abusing five children who lived in his West Side neighborhood. He was arrested last June after a boy came forward with abuse allegations and has remained in jail since on a $150,000 cash-only bond.

In November, a Kanawha County grand jury indicted Parrell on 47 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, first- degree sexual assault and distribution and displaying obscene matter to a minor.

On Wednesday, Parrell appeared in court in shackles. He smiled and shrugged when the judge denied the request from his attorney, senior deputy Kanawha public defender Richard Holicker, to allow Parrell to await trial on home confinement. A trial is scheduled for April.

Parrell could've lived with his aunt on home confinement, Holicker said. No children would have been around him and he wouldn't be staying in the West Side neighborhood where his accusers live.

Last June, when Parrell was living on Beech Avenue, he allegedly asked a 10-year-old boy to play "truth or dare, according to a criminal complaint police filed at the time. The boy was dared to put peanut butter on his body and allow Parrell's dog to lick it off, the criminal complaint states. The boy refused to accept the dare and was forced to remove his clothing and perform sex acts, including one on another boy, according to the complaint.

Police were called to Parrell's house the next day, on June 19, according to an affidavit written by police in order to obtain a search warrant. The 10-year-old boy's mother had called 911 and reported the alleged incident.

When police arrived, several individuals were surrounding Parrell's home, the affidavit states. …

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