Parizek sentenced for groping jail guard

A 28-year-old Minot man will not have to register as a sex offender for groping a female correctional officer at the Ward County Jail on Sept. 18, 2017.

Scott Ramon Parizek pleaded guilty on Friday to Class A misdemeanor sexual assault.

“I just want to say it was an accident and it wasn’t intentional,” Parizek told Judge Richard Hagar. He said he took responsibility for “the accident.”

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the correctional officer was escorting Parizek within the jail. She said she felt Parizek’s hand “press against the front of my uniform pants in a particularly sensitive area and … he like put … put like pressure against it and rubbed his hand against me as he went by.”

Security video from the jail showed the incident. Parizek’s hands were concealed underneath a blanket he had wrapped around him. As he walked past the female correctional officer, one of his hands reaches out and comes into contact with the female correctional officer, who appears to be upset, according to the affidavit.

Hagar sentenced Parizek to 360 days in jail on the sexual assault charge, with a requirement that he serve six months. He will get credit for 97 days served in jail. He will be on supervised probation for two years. He will not have to register as a sex offender.

The sentence is concurrent with a sentence for dealing heroin. Parizek was sentenced to six years, with a requirement he serve three years, on that charge on Feb. 9. He received credit for 143 days already served and will be on probation for three years in that case.

Parizek and his mother, Vaneica Erickson, 47, are also scheduled to go to trial on robbery and aggravated assault charges. The pair are accused of robbing a north Minot storage unit on Sept. 4, 2017, physically assaulting a 22-year-old woman and interfering when the woman and her 95-year-old grandmother tried to call 911. The case went to trial earlier this month but a mistrial was declared when Erickson was in a car accident.

Hagar wished Parizek well on Friday.

“I hope it works out for you, Mr. Parizek,” said Hagar. “You’ve dug yourself a pretty good sized hole.”

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