Mercer County sheriff deputy placed on administrative leave after domestic dispute

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 15:03:30-05

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (Harrodsburg Herald) — A Mercer County sherriff's deputy is on administrative leave following a domestic dispute last week.

Last Friday evening, Deputy Paul Parks was arrested and charged with fourth degree assault after he allegedly was involved with a physical altercation with his wife, Roxanna Parks.

“As far as the sheriff’s office is concerned, he is on administrative leave and we are conducting an internal review,” Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty told the Harrodsburg Herald.

Dep. Parks said his wife had accused him of marital misconduct and demanded he leave the residence. His wife then began throwing his clothes out on the lawn, including his department-issued equipment. Dep. Parks said he was not physical towards his wife and that he had just had neck surgery.

Roxanna Parks, 59, said she had told her husband to leave their home. During an ensuing physical altercation, she said her husband grabbed her and shoved her into a wall.

According to the state trooper’s report, Roxanna Parks had a cut to her left forearm, which was bleeding, and a bruised knuckle. She told police she also had bruises on her legs. She told police this was not the first physical altercation the couple had been involved in.

According to the uniform citation filed by Cpl. Chris Booth of the Harrodsburg Police Department, while waiting for the KSP to arrive, Roxanna Parks charged Dep. Parks “in an aggressive manner” despite direct orders to remain away from him. According to the report, Roxanna Parks continued trying to pull away even after being told she was under arrest. She was charged with menacing and resisting arrest. Her bond was set at $2,500 with the condition she have no contact with Paul Parks.

Paul Parks had no injuries, according to the uniform citation.