DA Vance: After-School Basketball Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Two Children


October 30, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of CHANNING PARKER, 23, for sexually assaulting two eight-year-old children at the Upper West Side school where he was employed as an after-school basketball coach. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count each of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. He is expected to be sentenced on November 20, 2018.

“Channing Parker’s conduct has left an indelible mark on the lives of these two innocent children, and now he will face significant jail time for the pain and trauma he has caused,” said District Attorney Vance. “I would like to thank the prosecutors in my office’s Child Abuse Unit for bringing this man to justice and for their professionalism, diligence, and care in the work they do every day on behalf of survivors of child sexual assault. This office does not tolerate acts of physical or sexual violence against children, and I urge victims and their loved ones to report abuse to our Child Abuse hotline at: (212) 335-4308.”

Assistant D.A.s Elizabeth Clerkin and Lauren Breen handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, and Executive Assistant D.A.s Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Counselor Paige Bik of the Witness Aid Services Unit and Special Victims Bureau Paralegal Rachel Dragos also provided valuable assistance on the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, particularly Detectives Gerard Sardina and Manish Massey of the Special Victims Division, and the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center for their assistance with the investigation.

 

Defendant Information:

CHANNING PARKER, D.O.B. 12/29/1994

Bronx, NY

Convicted:

  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count