Although he denied the claims, an Arkansas judge resigned after allegations that he decreased 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 having bond if they had sex with him. He agreed to by no means serve on the bench again.
Parker “engaged in a pattern of personal relationships with numerous female litigants” from 2013 to 2016, a letter of removal from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC) said, according to The Every day Beast. He would allegedly contact women in jail or their families by going to the jail or more than the phone following they created an look in court, offering either a reduced bail or a get-out-of-jail-free of charge card in return for sex.
On leading of these disgusting allegations, Parker was also accused of continuing to ask the freed females for sexual favors even after they had been out of jail, at times “trading money or prescription tablets for sexual favors or income with many of the exact same girls, as nicely as other females in the neighborhood,” the letter of removal claims. Parker resigned before the investigation had even wrapped up, even though didn’t admit to any wrongdoing. “You resigned ahead of receiving the names and information from the disputed allegations, which, if you had received that information, may possibly have permitted 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 began the investigation after law enforcement officials and other folks gave the commission info. The JDDC recorded video statements from a lot more than a dozen girls, as effectively as obtained texts in between Parker and the women that allegedly proved the claims. “We received a tremendous quantity of data in a quick period of time,” Sachar told The Instances.
When asked why he didn’t fight the allegations against him, Parker told the Associated Press, “I have young young children and I do not want them exposed to that type of crap.” Parker was a component-time judge who also operated a private legal practice.
Yet another Arkansas judge resigned just a couple of months ago following related accusations. Former Cross County District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann stepped down in Could 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 demands to take a appear at its judicial program.