Arkansas judge accused of letting women out of jail for sexual favors resigns
Although he denied the claims, an Arkansas judge resigned after allegations that he reduced sentences for sexual favors. An Arkansas judicial oversight group accused the Carroll County District Court judge, Timothy Parker, of letting women out of jail without bond if they had sex with him. He agreed to never serve on the bench again.
Parker “engaged in a pattern of personal relationships with many female litigants” from 2013 to 2016, a letter of removal from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC) said, according to The Daily Beast. He would allegedly contact women in jail or their families by going to the jail or over the phone after they made an appearance in court, offering either a lower bail or a get-out-of-jail-free card in return for sex.
On top of these disgusting allegations, Parker was also accused of continuing to ask the freed women for sexual favors even after they were out of jail, sometimes “trading cash or prescription pills for sexual favors or money with many of the same women, as well as other women in the community,” the letter of removal claims. Parker resigned before the investigation had even wrapped up, though didn’t admit to any wrongdoing. “You resigned before receiving the names and details from the disputed allegations, which, if you had received that information, may have allowed you to investigate and contradict the witness statements,” the JDDC wrote to the ex-judge.
The JDDC’s executive director, David Sachar, told The New York Times he started the investigation after law enforcement officials and others gave the commission information. The JDDC recorded video statements from more than a dozen women, as well as obtained texts between Parker and the women that allegedly proved the claims. “We received a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time,” Sachar told The Times.
When asked why he didn’t fight the allegations against him, Parker told the Associated Press, “I have young children and I don’t want them exposed to that kind of crap.” Parker was a part-time judge who also operated a private legal practice.
Another Arkansas judge resigned just a few months ago following similar accusations. Former Cross County District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann stepped down in May and was indicted in October on federal wire fraud, bribery, violation of the federal travel act, and witness tampering charges after an investigation into him allegedly trading lighter sentences for sexual favors.
The state clearly needs to take a look at its judicial system.