UPDATE: Garland County deputy taken into custody on prostitution charges
UNION COUNTY (KATV) - Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Parliment is being held in Union County Jail for the U.S. Marshals Service on prostitution related charges.
The 39-year-old marine patrol officer was taken into custody on Thursday. According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, Parliment arranged for and facilitated a Memphis-based prostitute traveling to Hot Springs "for the purposes of exchanging sexual activity for money" between January and June.
Investigators claim Parliment not only hired the prostitute himself but introduced her to others.
Lt. James Martin with the Garland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement late Friday morning that Cpl. Parliment had been suspended without pay but declined to comment further on the situation.
If convicted, Parliment faces up to 20 years in prison.
KATV's Roger Susanin is looking into this story. Stay with KATV.com and tune in for Channel 7 News at 5 & 6 for more on this developing case.