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Former sheriff's spokeswoman re-indicted

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A former Clayton County Sheriff's spokeswoman was re-indicted Wednesday on charges she illegally recorded a co-worker using the bathroom at the courthouse.

Alicia Nicole Parkes was indicted on the charge in March, but was re-indicted Wednesday. Clayton District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said the second grand jury presentment was done "to close the date gap and make it more undemurrable," or harder to quash by a defense attorney.

Prosecutors allege that Parkes used her cell phone to record a co-worker as she used the bathroom at the courthouse. She was indicted for unlawful eavesdropping, and is out on bond.

In other indictments:

A Forest Park man was indicted on 11 counts connected to the rape and molestation of a child, starting when she was 8 years old. Alejo Vazquezgomez, 50, is not related to the girl, who is now 14.

The warrant alleges that the child revealed the abuse during a forensic interview Sept. 9. She allegedly told officials that Vazquezgomez began raping her in July 2005. She said he put her hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her and her mother if she told on him. Prosecutors say Vazquezgomez molested the child about once a month until she left for Mexico.

He faces multiple counts of rape, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and cruelty to children.

He is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.

Stabbing of child

A mother was also indicted for stabbing her son. Shalanda Ann Burgess faces charges of aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, in the Feb. 9, 2010, alleged incident.

Prosecutors allege that Burgess stabbed her son, Darius Jackson, in front of another son.