A Garland County Sheriff’s deputy accused in a prostitution ring involving a 17-year-old girl has resigned.
Lt. James Martin announced in a news release Thursday (June 20) the Sheriff’s Office had received a letter of resignation from Neil Parliament earlier in the day, according to a report from THV 11 in Little Rock. Martin said the agency would not provide any statements relating to the case due to it being an active criminal investigation.
Parliament was arrested June 13 on a federal warrant for enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.
From January to June of this year, Parliament allegedly helped a 17-year-old girl travel from Memphis to Hot Springs to have sex for money, according to Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
Over the course of the investigation, it was also discovered that Parliament not only engaged in sexual activities with the teen, but also arranged meetings for others to engage in sexual activity with her, Eldridge said.
The 17-year-old girl told federal investigators she knew Parliament was a law enforcement officer because he came to the hotel in uniform with a gun, and drove an SUV that appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle, according to a report from THV 11 in Little Rock.
If convicted, Parliament faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Parliament is a marine patrol officer with the Garland County Sheriff’s office.