Arkansas judge accused of sexual misconduct steps down

      (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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