LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A former Carroll County District Court judge is facing a criminal investigation after resigning from the bench on Dec. 31.
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC) announced the resignation and removal of Judge Timothy Parker in a news release issued on Tuesday.
“These kind of cases are the ones that make you proud that you’re able to get rid of the person and also to send the message that these kind of people don’t need to be in the judiciary,” says David Sachar, JDDC Executive Director.
The JDDC says Parker turned in his resignation as part of a negotiated resolution “due to his permanent ineligibility to hold judicial office.”
The panel’s Letter of Removal sent to Parker on Dec. 31 cited allegations that Parker had traded judicial decisions for sexual favors, prescription pills and cash in a string of cases. Specific instances of judicial misconduct included:
“You have denied these allegations are based on fact and dispute all of them,” the letter states.
Parker’s case will be sent to the prosecutor for review and to determine any charges he may face. Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett confirmed that an active investigation into the allegations is ongoing.
Parker, who had served in his post since 2013 and had previously served as an elected Municipal Court Judge from 1999-2004 in Eureka Springs, will no longer be able to serve as a judge in the State of Arkansas.