Sullivan County – Norman L. Parnell, age 50, of Sullivan, Indiana, appeared in Sullivan County Circuit Court today and pled guilty to three counts of voyeurism that occurred at a tanning salon located in Sullivan, Indiana. The investigation was conducted by Senior Trooper Michael Taylor, of the Putnamville State Police Post, with assistance from the Sullivan City Police Department. Judge Robert E. Hunley, II, accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Parnell to three years with one year and ninety days to be served in jail, and the last ninety days to be served on work release. All victims involved in the case consented to the terms of the plea agreement.
While in court this morning, Norman L. Parnell made a brief statement in open court where he apologized to the victims for his actions. Prosecutor Ann Smith-Mischler stated to the court, “Although the victims consented to the plea agreements and the sentence provided for therein, there was no sentence that the court could impose that would provide the victims vindication for Parnell’s actions. The sentencing hearing today did provide the victims with some much needed closure.”
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Sullivan Man Arrested for Voyeurism
Sullivan County – A joint criminal investigation between the Indiana State Police, Sullivan City Police Department, and the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office has led to the arrest of Norman L. Parnell, age 50, of Sullivan, Indiana, on three (3) counts of Voyeurism, a Level 6 Felony.
The Sullivan City Police Department received a complaint on April 18, 2019, from a female customer at a local sun tanning salon located in Sullivan. The customer stated to police that a video was being taken of her by a cell phone located in a vent in the tanning room that she was occupying. A warrant was then received for Parnell’s cell phone, who was working at the tanning salon at the time of the complaint. Parnell’s cell phone was then turned over to Indiana State Police Sergeant Chris Carter for a forensic download. Due to the length of the forensic download and the necessity of identifying all victims in this case, the investigation became prolonged. Detectives have now identified and interviewed all victims involved in this case and are very confident that no others are involved.
On June 11, 2019, Indiana State Police Detective Michael Taylor reviewed the case with Sullivan County Prosecutor Ann Mischler, and charges were filed against Norman L. Parnell. The defendant was arrested without incident on June 12, 2019, and posted bond.
Arrested: Normal L. Parnell, 50, of Sullivan
Voyeurism (3) counts Level 6, Felony
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