Neil Parliament. (Photo: Union County Sheriff's Office)
Courtney Lenoir (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
GARLAND CO., Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities have released documents providing details in the investigation of a Garland County deputy accused of being involved in a prostitution ring.
The affidavit alleges Neil Parliment bought sexual favors from a 17-year-old girl from Memphis, and then had her engage in prostitution for other men.
A federal affidavit unsealed this week indicated that months before Parliament's arrest, the17-year-old girl ran away from her foster home in Boston and went to Memphis to stay with her sister. The teen told officials that while she was there, she was introduced to her sister's pimp, Courtney Lenoir.
She says they would travel to Chicago, Atlanta, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Hot Springs for prostitution until the day she called police saying that her pimp, Lenoir, had beat her up.
When questioned, the girl told agents she traveled to Hot Springs twice and had a good customer who she believed was in law enforcement.
The girl told federal investigators she knew Parliment 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.
The report showed that in January, Parliment arranged for the girl to come from Memphis to Hot Springs, where he had sex with her and paid her. Parliment also allegedly sent other clients to have sex with her in a hotel room he had set up for her.
The affidavit said Parliment texted the girl over the course of the next month, requesting she come to Hot Springs so he could set her up with more clients.
Parliment has been suspended without pay. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.