FARMINGTON — A Franklin County grand jury on Monday indicted a Phillips man accused of sexually assaulting a child under age 12.

Robert Parker Jr., 43, faces five felony charges of gross sexual assault and misdemeanor charges of terrorizing, endangering the welfare of a child, harassment by telephone and violation of conditions of release.

Parker was accused of threatening to kill the child and harassing family members by sending texts with explicit descriptions of what he would do to the child.

Parker previously denied the sex assault charges to Deputy Kevin Hartley, according to a police affidavit filed with the court.

Parker also pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of children involving the child in the sex case on Sept. 23 in 12th District Court. He is accused of giving cigarettes to two children under age 15.

A conviction on the sexual assault charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

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