Oak Harbor man faces felony for violating court orders
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
September 20, 2011 · Updated 3:44 PM
A 41-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing a felony charge for continually violating a judge’s order, according to court documents.
Robert Parker pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Sept. 6 to a single count of felony violation of a court order, which was charged as a domestic-violence crime.
Under state law, a violation of a no-contact order becomes a felony if there’s two prior convictions.
According to a police report, Parker has previously been convicted three times for gross misdemeanor violations of a court order and one time for a felony violation of a court order. All the cases involved the same victim, the police report indicates.
A couple of police officers investigated the case after performing a welfare check on a woman who was staying at a downtown Oak Harbor motel. Parker answered the door to the motel and told the officers that the woman wasn’t there, according to court documents.
But Sgt. Jerry Baker went into the apartment to check and found the woman in the bathroom. Her right eye was swollen shut and bruised.
The other officer, Robert Mirabal, noted that she appeared to be in a lot of pain and that “the entire right side cheek moved up and down” when he softly touched her jawline, he wrote.
The woman refused to tell the officers who assaulted her; Parker told them that he didn’t do it. The officers arrested Parker. The victim said she would have her mother take her to the hospital.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.