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Lawmaker's son pleads guilty to flashings, burglaries

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The son of a South Carolina representative pleaded guilty but mentally ill in court Wednesday in connection with a serial flasher case.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kevin Parker, the son of state Rep. Steve Parker, was accused in 2010 of exposing himself to female students at several colleges and breaking into women's apartments.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to several charges and was sentenced to time served and five years probation, but the judge did not put him on the state's sex offender registry.

According to Mark Plowden, the communications director for the office of the attorney general, Parker pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary, eight counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree assault and battery and one count of third-degree assault and battery.

Plowden said the state requested sex offender registry based on the number of offenses and victims and the escalation of offending behavior, but the judge deferred ruling on whether to require registry for at least 18 months. 

According to Plowden, the deferment was based on statements made by the doctor who diagnosed Parker with severe cognitive dysfunction and the sexual disorder of exhibitionism at the time of the incidents.

According to the doctor who testified during Wednesday's hearing, Parker received trauma to the head as a youth to the point of needing a helmet and self-medication, which led to cognitive impairment to the point of being similar to dementia.

Plowden said the doctor also explained Parker would never be cured, but could be maintained with good treatment, including getting the tools to learn how to not act on urges.

None of the victims were present Wednesday but sent in three letters, according to Plowden. Parker's parents both said they would get him the treatment he needs.

Parker apologized to the victims, his family and friends. He also insisted he would continue treatment and not use drugs, according to Plowden. He said Parker will have to serve his probation in Spartanburg.

Parker accused of flashing female students

Parker was charged with first-degree assault and battery, second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree burglary and four counts of indecent exposure in November 2010 in Spartanburg County.

Deputies said that a man began exposing himself to people in January 2009 at the Campus Edge and Campus Suite apartments in Spartanburg.

Deputies said the man opened the unlocked patio doors of two women's apartments. They said that one of the women awoke to find the man standing over her, watching her sleep, and the other woman said that when she woke up, the man was touching her.

Parker was also arrested Oct. 30, 2010, after University of South Carolina police said he stood outside a dorm in Columbia near some bushes and flashed women as they passed by.

At the time of Parker's arrest, his father said the charge was unjust, and his son was just urinating in the bushes after a game.

Parker had been in jail at the Spartanburg County Detention Center since Nov. 16, 2010 until he was released Thursday, according to jail officials.

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