Springer Guest Charged After Show

Wednesday, February 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CHICAGO (AP) — A man was charged with criminal sexual abuse of a minor after authorities watched him appear on ``The Jerry Springer Show'' with his pregnant, 15-year-old girlfriend.

Brandon R. Parks, 19, was arrested last week at his trailer park residence on the misdemeanor charge after authorities interviewed the girl and reviewed a tape of the Oct. 2 show.

Parks was 18 when he appeared on an episode titled ``Heartbreaking Betrayals.'' During the show, which is taped in Chicago, Parks accused his girlfriend of sleeping with other people. The girl countered that Parks had gotten her pregnant and had slept with her older sister.

During the episode, Parks admitted having sex with the girl, police said Tuesday. Even with consent, it is illegal in Illinois for adults to have sex with minors under 17, according to police.

After the girl was questioned, police arrested and charged two other adults who did not appear on the show, but who allegedly had sex with her.