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Judge issues 2nd no-contact order in cases involving ex-GOP head Jonathan Parker

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After being wanted on several warrants for 13 days, the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party was taken into custody at the Ada County Jail on Sunday night.

Jonathan Parker, 39, was booked after he turned himself in at the jail just before 6 p.m., according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday morning, Magistrate Judge Thomas Watkins issued a no-contact order at the request of prosecutors for Parker’s alleged second female victim. The Meridian woman claims that Parker unlawfully entered her home on April 26.

Parker did not object to the no-contact order on Monday. The Meridian woman requested on July 15 that the order be put in place.

According to court records, the woman gave Parker a key to her home so he could sleep there, but he later returned the key. Parker later admitted that he made a copy of her house key without telling the woman, according to court records.

In addition to three pending criminal cases, including a stalking charge involving his estranged wife, Parker had three new arrest warrants: one for violating a no-contact order, one for felony witness intimidation, and a bench warrant, according to court records and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

The no-contact order warrant was issued July 16, the witness intimidation warrant July 22 and the bench warrant July 25.

All of Parker’s charges stem from his interactions with his estranged wife and the Meridian woman. Last week, Parker’s bond in a felony stalking case was revoked for allegedly violating the case’s no-contact order by sending a text message to his estranged wife.

Parker was arraigned Monday afternoon on the witness intimidation charge, and Judge John Hawley set bond of $100,000 in that case, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 8. Hawley set bond of $5,000 on the new no-contact order involving the Meridian woman, and the next hearing in that case is set for Aug. 30.

The witness intimidation charge stems from Parker’s alleged contact via email with the Meridian woman urging her to not assist in the investigation in the unlawfully entering case because it would affect plea negotiations on the stalking charge, according to court documents.

Parker’s initial stalking case stems from incidents involving his estranged wife. According to the criminal complaint, on or between May 16 and May 30, Parker “did knowingly and maliciously engage” in conduct that “seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed (his wife) Kelly Parker.” The complaint states that Parker’s conduct included “repeatedly hiding in bushes, masturbating, disguising himself with a wig” at or near his wife’s apartment complex.

Parker resigned from his GOP post Feb. 18, with more than two years left in his term. On June 29, the Idaho Republican Party elected former Idaho congressman and candidate for governor Raul Labrador as its new chairman.

This is a breaking news story that the Idaho Statesman will update later today.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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