The charge says Cpl. Neil Parliament "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" from January to June this year. The warrant alleges that Parliament used the prostitute himself and also arranged meetings for others.
The sheriff's office said Parliament, 39, a marine patrol officer, has been suspended without pay while the federal investigation is ongoing. He is being held in the Union County Jail.
The arrest was part of the FBI's "Denied Innocence Task Force" effort. The full press release is on the jump.
GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PROSTITUTION OFFENSE
Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and Randall C. Coleman, FBI Special Agent in Charge, announced that Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy Neil Parliment was arrested yesterday, June 13, on a federal warrant for enticing an individual to engage in prostitution. Parliment is a marine patrol officer with the Garland County Sheriff’s office.
United States Attorney 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.”
As charged in the complaint, from January to June of 2013, 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. Over the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Parliament had not only engaged the services of the prostitute himself but also 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 was investigated by the FBI Denied Innocence Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts is prosecuting the case for the United States.
The charges in a complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.