LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge has resigned and agreed never to serve as a judge in the state again following an investigation into allegations that he released female defendants in exchange for sexual favors.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said in a letter Tuesday that Timothy Parker resigned Saturday as a Carroll County district judge a part of a negotiated resolution with the commission. Parker had served in that position since 2013 and previously served as a Eureka Springs Municipal Court judge from 1999-2004.
The commission said that if Parker had not resigned, it would have charged him with violating rules of conduct for Arkansas judges during his years on the bench by releasing female defendants in exchange for sexual favors; trading cash and prescription pills for sexual favors with many of the same women and other women in the community; and giving special treatment to defendants who were friends of his or former clients from his days as a lawyer in private practice.
Parker has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct but has admitted giving some defendants he knew special treatment, including lowering their bail or releasing them on their own recognizance; letting them call him from jail; discussing their cases with them with no lawyer for the state present; going to the jail to effect their release; and in some cases giving them rides from the jail in his vehicle after ordering their release.
The commission said Parker allegedly did all of the above without disclosing his personal connections to the defendants.
Calls to Parker’s office in Eureka Springs, where he practices law part-time, went unanswered Tuesday.
The panel also said the results of its investigation have been turned over to special prosecutor Jason Barrett. Barrett did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Under the terms of the negotiated resolution, Parker is barred for life from serving in a judicial capacity in Arkansas, the commission said.
Parker’s resignation does not create a vacancy on the bench because he was at the end of his term, the panel said.
The resignation of Parker comes less than three months after Joseph Boeckmann, a former Cross County district judge, was indicted on fraud and bribery chargers for allegedly giving light sentences to male defendants in exchange for sexual favors.