(AP) – An Arkansas judge has left office and agreed to never
serve on the bench again after a disciplinary panel said it was prepared to
administratively charge him with trading sexual favors with female defendants in
exchange for their release.
The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced Tuesday that
Carroll County District Court Judge Timothy Parker resigned when his term was
already set to end Saturday. The panel said Parker admitted to releasing and
lowering bail for defendants who were friends or former clients. Parker denied
the sexual misconduct charges, but agreed to step down and not serve again after
the panel said it was prepared to charge him on those counts.
Parker’s resignation comes as another ex-judge accused of trading sexual
favors with defendants for lighter sentences faces federal charges.
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