A father speaks

To the Editor:

In February of 2012, Daniel P. Parker of Vineyard Haven was arrested and arraigned on three charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. The fact is the child was under the age of 9.

This child was taken to Hyannis to be seen at Children’s Cove, which deals with child abuse and sexual child abuse. After hours of interviewing him and taping him they believed this child was telling the truth.

This child confided to a neighbor who informed the child’s father. The father immediately contacted the Vineyard Haven Police Department. Within 45 minutes the child, the father and the neighbor were being interviewed by officers at the Vineyard Haven police station.

A day after, why did Mr. Parker drive by and glare at the child’s father? Why did Mr. Parker’s wife and daughter come to the child’s and father’s apartment shortly after, but before charges were filed? Fear. Guilt?

At first, the father didn’t want any part of the plea deal. There was only one reason he went along with the recommendations of the district attorney and Detective Santon. It wasn’t the fear of losing, it was out of love for his son, he had already gone through more than enough for an eight-year-old. This child still wakes up in the middle of the night crying and afraid. It’s getting better, and we can only hope for the best, and with time all will be better.

For all of you out there that labeled this eight-year-old boy a liar, you have no clue what happened. You weren’t there. I’ve gone through all the bad times and the good times with him. You see, I’m his father.

Robert Reed

Vineyard Haven