HOT SPRINGS, AR- A Sheriff's Deputy with Garland County has been arrested on a federal warrant for allegedly enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.
39-year-old Neil Parliment was arrested yesterday in Union County.
Parliment is a marine patrol officer with the Garland County Sheriff’s office.
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and Randall C. Coleman, FBI Special Agent in Charge, have release a statement detailing the charges.
Eldridge commented, “As stated in the complaint, this case involves serious allegations of activity by a Sheriff’s Deputy involving prostitution.
This case indicates that we will investigate and prosecute such criminal activity, including when those in positions of public trust violate that trust by engaging in criminal activity.”
“Last night's arrest is a result of the dedicated efforts of our Denied Innocence Task Force,” stated Agent Coleman.
“The charge against the officer in this case—involving enticing a person across state lines for prostitution—is a serious one that our task force is committed to aggressively investigating.”
According to the complaint, from January to June of this year, Parliment arranged for and facilitated the travel of a prostitute working out of Memphis to come to Hot Springs for the purposes of exchanging sexual activity for money.
Investigators also claim Parliament facilitated meetings and introductions between the prostitute and others for sexual activity.
If convicted, Parliament faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Denied Innocence Task Force.
Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts is prosecuting the case for the United States.
Lieutenant James Martin, a spokesperson with the Sheriff's Office says Garland County will not discuss personnel issues during an investigation.
Garland County Attorney Ralph Ohm says "the Sheriff's Office can't count on the allegations because it's a personnel issue, but an internal investigation is well underway."
Parliment has been suspended without pay.
UNION COUNTY, AR -- 39-year-old Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Parliment is in Union County Jail on hold for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Parliment was booked into the Union County Jail on Thursday.
No law enforcement officials have confirmed why he's being held.
While there is no information on the nature of the charge against Parliment, a press release from United States Attorney Conner Eldridge is expected soon.
Parliment is the Marine Patrol Commander for the Garland County Sheriff's Office.
Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders was not immediately available for comment.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.