About half of an interview the former McCracken County High School volunteer fishing coach gave to deputies cannot be used in evidence, a judge ruled last week.
John Parks faces sexual abuse and child pornography charges following an investigation into allegations that Parks inappropriately touched and contacted a student on the fishing team.
On Feb. 14, McCracken County detectives interviewed Parks for about two hours, and Parks contended in a September hearing that much of the interview was conducted after he requested an attorney.
According to Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach's ruling, which granted Parks' motion to suppress, Parks first invoked defense attorney Mark Bryant's name an hour and a half into the interview.
According to an excerpt of the interview quoted in Kaltenbach's ruling, Capt. Ryan Norman was accusing Parks of being "into pretty young boys," and referencing explicit photos allegedly found on Parks' devices.
In response to that line of questioning, Parks said, "I did not do anything to that child, but I think it's time for Mark Bryant to be here."
In his ruling, Kaltenbach determined that to be an "unequivocal request for counsel," and that Norman's follow-up question of "why" showed "he understood it to be a request for counsel."
Parks went on to mention Bryant's name three more times over the last near-hour of the interview, Kaltenbach said. At one point he accused Norman and Sgt. Benny Kaufman of "browbeating me over speculation."
Kaltenbach noted that, after Parks' second reference to Bryant, Norman "increased the intensity, raising his voice and making accusations at Parks."
"Because Parks unequivocally requested counsel, questioning should have ceased until his attorney was present, and all subsequent statements will be suppressed," Kaltenbach wrote in his order.
A jury trial on 10 counts of possession of material portraying a sexual performance by a minor is set for March 3.
No trial has yet been set on the single count of first-degree sexual abuse.