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.
According to the document, the girl had been traveling to Arkansas since December 2012 to meet up with customers, including Parliment. The report says 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 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 affidavit says 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.
Parliment made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court here Tuesday afternoon.
Neil Parliment, 39, who heads the department’s marine patrol, appeared with his attorneys, Clay Janske, of Hot Springs, and Dennis W. Wormington, of Texarkana, before U.S. Magistrate Barry Bryant for what was initially going to be a bond hearing, but Janske requested additional time to prepare.