Anaconda sex offender re-sentenced

2010-05-27T00:00:00Z Anaconda sex offender re-sentencedBy George Plaven of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

ANACONDA - An Anaconda man convicted of sexual assault nearly 10 years ago will serve the remaining 12 years of his suspended sentence after admitting he violated a condition of his probation.

James Ray Parrish, 27, received his sentence Wednesday in district court and will return to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Judge Ray Dayton further recommended Parrish be placed at the state hospital in Warm Springs.

In 2001, then-District Judge Ted Mizner sentenced Parrish to 20 years with the DPHHS, suspending 15 years, for his sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl.

Parrish served his time at the state hospital due to mental illness. He was released in 2005.

In 2006, Parrish violated his probation a first time and had the 15-year suspended portion of his sentence revoked. He was re-sentenced to 15 years with the DPHHS, this time with 12 years suspended, and transferred to the state prison to serve his time.

On March 1, the state again filed a petition to revoke the 12-year suspended sentence. Parrish admitted April 14 he failed to keep up as required with his mental health and sex offender treatment programs.

Deputy County Attorney Ellen Donohue said they considered

pre-release for Parrish, but was denied from both Billings and Missoula.

Parrish is a Tier III sexual offender, meaning he is considered at high risk to offend again.

Reporter George Plaven may be reached via e-mail at george.plaven@lee.net.

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