Lubbock Firefighter Charged with Posting Explicit Video of Ex-Girlfiend After Breakup
A Lubbock firefighter accused of posting explicit video of his ex-girlfriend to a porn site after she broke up with him was placed on administrative leave from the Lubbock Fire Department on Wednesday.
Lubbock Police say 36 year-old Travis Parkinson secretly videotaped his ex-girlfriend performing sexual acts while they were dating. The relationship ended up not working out and investigators state Parkinson posted the video to a porn site after the breakup.
KAMC News reports, the woman learned of the video when she began receiving Facebook messages and friend requests from men who had found the video on a porn site.
Investigators said included in the evidence in the case are emails Parkinson sent to his ex-girlfriend in which he threatens to post the video to humiliate her.
Parkinson, who has been employed by the Lubbock Fire Department since 2003, was charged with online impersonation, a third degree felony and improper photography, also a felony. Parkinson was charged in late June, bonded out of the Lubbock County Jail and was indicted by a Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday. After the Tuesday's indictment, the fire department released a tersely worded statement saying Parkinson had been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
The state of Texas has one of the strictest online impersonation laws in the country, and if convicted, Parkinson faces up to 10 years in prison on that charge alone.
Stephanie McMaster researched and co-wrote this article