State charges dismissed against former panhandle hospital administrator

A former panhandle hospital administrator facing a federal indictment on pornography charges has had state charges related to the same case dismissed. Our partners at KCOW radio in Alliance report the two day trial where 65-year-old Jim Parks of Alliance was facing seven felony counts of possession of child pornography will not be held in Alliance.

The local charges have been dismissed due to the federal charges being filed on February 21.

The U.S. federal indictment states that Parks is charged with receipt and distribution of of child pornography. The alleged crimes occurred between June 9 and August 8, 2013.

Parks, the former Chief Operating Officer for Box Butte General Hospital, was arrested following a four month long investigation in which he is alleged to have possessed and shared child pornography.

Court documents in Box Butte District Court indicate the investigation began after hospital officials discovered a questionable history on Parks' computer and alerted authorities.

The maximum penalty in the first federal charge is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He could get up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the second federal charge.

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