A 29-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of sneaking into the home of a Seal Beach woman to suck her toes and exposing himself to a jail guard and a woman in separate incidents.
Richard Michael Parkhurst was convicted of one felony burglary count and three misdemeanors—one count of peeking into an inhabited building and two counts of indecent exposure.
Jurors deadlocked on a felony count of assault with the intent to commit a sex offense. That count was dismissed by prosecutors.
On Oct. 15, 2017, Parkhurst exposed himself to a woman who was walking her dog in Seal Beach, remarking to her, “Nice dog,” before adding, “I am walking mine, too,” according to court papers.
On the same day, he snuck into a woman’s residence. She was sleeping on her couch and woke up when she realized he was sucking on her toes, according to prosecutors, who said DNA evidence linked him to that crime.
On Oct. 16, 2017, Parkhurst was peeking through a mail slot of a home in the same city, two days after he passed by the residence and remarked that the resident’s girlfriend was attractive. While Parkhurst was in custody that day, a guard at the Seal Beach jail caught him touching himself while staring at her, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors alleged he also passed a perverse note to a jail guard while housed in the Orange County Jail.
Parkhurst’s attorney said in court papers that the defendant was homeless at the time. When his girlfriend died, he lost his home and stopped taking medicine for schizophrenia, according to his attorney, who said Parkhurst “began hearing voices emanating from his television, telling him to do things” before being hospitalized at one point.
“Mr. Parkhurst developed a delusion that he was a Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women,” his attorney wrote.
Parkhurst is scheduled to be sentenced April 5 at the North Justice Center, but that hearing is expected to be rescheduled.
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