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Update: Former Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty in Prostitution Case

Neil Parliament, 39, appears in Federal Court in Texarkana.
Update (July 29):
TEXARKANA, AR (News Release) - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced that former Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy Neil Parliment, 39, pleaded guilty in federal court to a one-count information for arranging for a minor to travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to engage in prostitution. At the time of the offense, Parliment was a marine patrol officer with the Garland County Sheriff’s office. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey accepted the plea in United States District Court in Hot Springs.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “Mr. Parliament abused his position of public trust to engage in illegal activities involving prostitution. This activity is unacceptable, and we will continue to bring to justice those individuals who seek to use similar positions to perpetrate crimes.” 

According to court documents, in early February 2013, the Little Rock Police Department was contacted by a minor female who admitted to police that she had been engaging in prostitution. The individual resided in Memphis, Tennessee, and admitted to traveling into Arkansas to meet clients. She told officers that one client, Mr. Parliment, was a police officer in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and showed officers numerous text messages regarding her traveling to Hot Springs to engage in prostitution. She further admitted to officers that she first made contact with Parliment in January 2013. At that time, Parliment made arrangements for her to travel from Memphis to Hot Springs, including arranging for her to stay in a local hotel room. When she arrived in Hot Springs, she and Parliment engaged in sexual activity in the hotel room in exchange for payment. Parliment then arranged for her to meet with other individuals, whom she also engaged in sexual activity with in exchange for payment.

Parliment was originally arrested on a federal warrant on June 13, 2013. At sentencing, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record (if any), the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violations. The sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum. In this case, Parliment faces the maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

This case was investigated by the FBI Denied Innocence Task Force and the Little Rock Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Original story (June 20):
HOT SPRINGS, AR- The Garland County Sheriff’s Office reports receiving a letter of resignation from Neil Parliment.

The 39-year-old Sheriff's Deputy was arrested on a federal warrant for allegedly enticing an individual to engage in prostitution last week.

Parliment had been a marine patrol officer with Garland County.

According to a federal 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 an active criminal investigation beyond the announcement of the resignation.
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