A Hodges man who cut his ankle monitor and fled to Alabama instead of facing accusations he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl is now behind bars in Greenwood, according to officials.
Joshua Eric Parham, 36, of 4619 Highway 25 N., Hodges was arrested April 16 by Phenix City police in Alabama. Parham was held at the Russell County, Alabama jail facing a charge of fugitive from justice. On June 13, he was booked at the Greenwood County jail after deputies in the county’s warrants division picked him up. Parham was still in jail as of Wednesday afternoon, facing four general sessions bench warrants.
Grand jury indictments filed in Greenwood County on March 1 charged Parham with first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The indictments accuse Parham of having sexual contact with a girl who is now 12 years old. The documents specify that the contact happened between June 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2014, then again between Oct. 1, 2015 and Oct. 31, 2016 — meaning the girl would have been 7 years old when it started.
Parham was arrested in Greenwood County on Oct. 19, 2016, and another indictment accuses him on that date of having child pornography. The other charges were filed against him in November 2017 and February of this year.
According to the Greenwood County public index, Parham was supposed to appear in court on March 4 but didn’t show.
A notice of bond violation filed at the county Clerk of Courts Office said he cut off his ankle monitor at about 5 a.m. that day, and a tracking record showed his last recorded location before then at about 4:15 a.m. being on the 4000-block of Highway 25 North in Hodges.