Arkansas Judge Leaves Post Amid Sex Scandal
Jan 09, 2017 01:47 PM EST
A judge in Arkansas, Timothy Parker, has resigned due to sexual scandals. He agreed to never again serve on the bench because he was accused of arranging the release of females in exchange for sexual favors.
The judge resigned on Saturday through a letter to the Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson. The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced the resignation of the judge and his removal from Carroll County District Court. The announcement was obtained by email from David J. Sachar, the commission's executive director.
The panel stated that it had video statements from more than a dozen women, conversations that Parker had in prison with the women, and text messages.
Parker had a long history working in Arkansas
Timothy Parker had to resign to avoid being charged with judicial conduct violations.
He was accepted into the Arkansas Judiciary in 1991 where he served as a municipal court judge in Eureka Springs from 1999 to 2004, then, he was appointed as a judge in district court in 2013.
Mr. Sachar declared there is a criminal investigation underway by a special prosecutor and Mr. Parker's law license could be placed under investigation by a special agency.
This is not the first time a judge is involved in a sexual scandal
It was the second time in less than a year that an Arkansas judge has resigned due to sexual scandals. In May, O. Joseph Boeckmann Jr. had to leave the office after he was accused of ordering male defendants to engage in sex acts and to bend over for thousands of photographs.
Some of them were defendants in traffic cases, Mr. Sachar said last year. Mr. Boeckmann's lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig, said at the time that the judge "did not admit any wrongdoing, and he is not going to admit any wrongdoing."