POCATELLO — Court officials this week released information about a Pocatello couple that was convicted of multiple sex crimes for, among other incidents, injecting meth into the arm of an underage girl and then forcing her to have sex with with them in a “sex dungeon” in the basement of their South Second Avenue residence.
Since June 2017, the cases of Lance Parry, 50, and his former wife, Jessica Parry, 41, have been sealed via judicial order based on the sensitive nature of the incidents and to ensure their rights to a fair trial were protected.
The Idaho State Journal filed a public records request and petition to the court last month to have their respective cases unsealed. Lance Parry’s case was unsealed on Nov. 13, and Jessica Parry’s case was unsealed on Wednesday.
Initially, Lance and Jessica Parry each faced 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, stemming from a joint investigation involving the U.S. Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, the Idaho Office of the Attorney General and the Pocatello Police Department.
After entering into plea agreements with Bannock County prosecutors, Lance Parry pleaded guilty in June, and Jessica Parry pleaded guilty in December 2017, to one count of sexual battery with a child under 16, one count of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. The 10 child exploitation charges for each defendant were dropped, according to court records.
Lance Parry was sentenced for the sex crimes during a hearing at the Bannock County Courthouse on Nov. 7. He will serve a unified sentence of 56 years in prison, of which he must spend no less than 16 years incarcerated before being eligible for parole. Jessica Parry was sentenced for the sex crimes in April 2018 and will serve a unified sentence of 25 years in prison, of which she must spend no less than 10 years incarcerated before being eligible for parole.
According to recently unsealed court records, in October 2016, Pocatello police were asked to assist the Idaho Office of the Attorney General and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with an investigation into Lance and Jessica Parry.
Surveillance of the Parrys began on Oct. 10, 2016, with Pocatello police officers searching the trash receptacles in front of their home on the 1500 block of South Second Avenue, locating 18 used syringes, numerous small Ziploc bags consistent with those used for drug packaging and four used condoms, police said.
Trash receptacles were searched twice more over the following two months, with police recovering three dozen more hypodermic needles, numerous small Ziploc bags that tested positive with field kits for meth and paper towels with what appeared to be blood stains, police said.
Pocatello Police SWAT team members, detectives and investigators with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant at the home on Dec. 14, 2016. During their search, authorities recovered from the basement of the home numerous hypodermic needles, a safe containing two small bags of meth that weighed 4.3 grams as well as various drug paraphernalia, police said.
Lance and Jessica Parry were each charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, arrested and incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail in Pocatello.
During the search of the home, police also found a plethora of desktop and laptop computers, various computer parts and several storage devices with more than 2 terabytes of storage space, police said. Lance Parry was apparently a computer repairman who worked out of his home, police said.
Furthermore, police discovered the Parrys had an extensive surveillance system installed at the home, with cameras located in many rooms inside and several other cameras outside the residence, police said.
The computers and storage devices were provided to Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. That agency found evidence located on those devices that led authorities to believe the Parrys had engaged in unlawful sexual acts with numerous children, polices said.
Lance and Jessica Parry were each charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child while incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail, and the multi-agency investigation continued.
Subsequent to the Parrys’ arrests, police interviewed Jessica’s teenage daughter. Lance Parry was the girl’s stepfather. The name and age of the girl were redacted from police records, but she was identified as a high-school-aged child, police said.
Detectives asked the teenage girl about the basement of the South Second Avenue home where the drugs and paraphernalia were located. The girl told police that the basement is usually locked and she only would go down there with her parents. Furthermore, the girl told police that there was a room in the basement that was always locked and that her parents told her was a place where they would have sex.
During the week of March 6, 2017, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted Pocatello police to inform them they had uncovered new information “as to other teenagers that had possibly been victimized inside the home.”
The unsealed court records do not indicate what type or any quantity of evidence investigators uncovered.
Pocatello police detectives then compiled a list of possible juveniles who may have frequented the Parry residence or were friends with the teenage daughter. Detectives first interviewed nine teenage children, one boy and eight girls, police said.
Police asked each of the children if they had any knowledge about whether their pictures had been taken without their knowledge while they were at the Parry residence. Though most of the children admitted to undressing at the home to shower or change clothes, none of the children were aware of any times they were unknowingly photographed. However, the children did reveal various oddities they observed during their time at the Parry home, police said.
One child told police the Parrys allowed him to bring his teenage girlfriend to the home to have sex with her in the locked room located in the basement. Another child described the room in the basement as a terrifying “sex dungeon” that the Parrys used to engage in sexual activity with other adults, but that she was unaware of any sexual activity with children taking place there.
Another child described the basement as having a concrete floor with footprints in red paint that were made to look like bloody footprints leading into the locked room and that the room was filled with sexual devices including whips, rope and tassels.
Several children told police that the Parrys would purchase cigarettes and alcohol for them while spending time at the home, that the house was a place they could use recreational drugs without repercussion, and that the Parrys would speak openly with them about sex and would provide them with condoms.
One of the children the police interviewed said that in October 2016 Lance and Jessica Parry convinced her to have sex with them. The girl told police that from October 2016 until the Parrys were arrested in December 2016, she would go to the Parry residence to have sex with Lance every weekend while Jessica watched. The girl told police that she believed the Parrys groomed and manipulated her into thinking the sexual behavior was acceptable.
Furthermore, the girl told police that she thought the Parrys were “sex freaks,” who were highly interested in bondage and submission sexual interactions, but initially did not see them as sexual predators.
In May 2017, police interviewed a 10th child who told police that both Lance and Jessica forced her to engage in sexual activity with them on one occasion.
Then in October 2017, the teenage girl who told police she had sex with the Parrys on multiple occasions for several months was interviewed again after telling Bannock County prosecutors she had not been entirely truthful during her first interview.
During the secondary interview, the girl told police that the Parrys injected methamphetamine intravenously into her arm with a hypodermic needle and forced her to have sex with them and another unidentified male she suspected to be the Parrys’ drug dealer numerous times during three consecutive days at the home.
During this three-day period, Lance was incredibly rough with the girl, smacking her in the face and constantly forcing her to inject drugs into her body, she told police. At the end of the third day, Lance used a garden hose with a spray nozzle attached to spray her off before she voluntarily left the residence, police said.
The girl told police she had difficulty remembering every detail of the incidents because she was constantly in and out of consciousness because of the drugs in her system.
Jessica Parry is currently incarcerated at the South Idaho Correctional Institution in Kuna. She received a lesser sentence in part due to her agreement to assist federal prosecutors in their case against Lance Parry. Her first parole hearing is scheduled for June 2027.
In August 2018, Jessica Parry unsuccessfully petitioned the court to reduce her sentence on grounds that it was unjust.
The presiding 6th District Judge, Rick Carnaroli, denied the request, writing in his order, “The insidious nature of the offenses committed by the defendant causes this court to remain concerned about how she will function in society when released from prison, whether it will be five or 10 years from now.”
Lance Parry is currently incarcerated in the Bannock County Jail awaiting the adjudication of a subsequent federal case that stemmed from the same multi-agency investigation that resulted in his state charges. He has been charged in federal court with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing sexually explicit images of minors.
If convicted of the federal charges, Lance Parry faces no less than five and up to 40 years in federal prison. It remains unclear whether the federal sentence would be served during or after Lance Parry serves his time for the state charges.