Arkansas Judge Who Traded Pills for Sex Banned from the Bench Forever

By Victoria Kim 01/13/17

The judge also routinely traded legal favors for sex with female litigants.

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Judge Tim Parker of Carroll County, Arkansas, resigned from the bench last month, following reports that he had abused his power for sexual favors from women in jail.

The allegations against Parker were brought to light by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC). In a letter of removal from office, the JDDC said the judge “engaged in a pattern of personal relationships with many female litigants” from 2013 to 2016. 

Parker would free or set a lenient bond for the women in exchange for sex, the letter went on. “Allegations also exist about trading cash or prescription pills for sexual favors or money with many of the same women, as well as other women in the community,” it stated.

Parker resigned in December at the end of his four-year term. The terms of his resignation bar Parker from presiding as a judge in Arkansas in the future. 

Though there aren’t many details of Parker's pills-for-sex scheme, many stories like this one have surfaced in light of the country’s opioid problem. Most of them, unfortunately, involve corrupt doctors like Dr. Naga Raja Thota, a California anesthesiologist who ran a pain management center. 

The doctor was arrested last year, and in November he pleaded guilty to seven counts of distributing addictive painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose, the San Diego Tribune reported at the time. 

Thota admitted to illegally providing the pills in exchange for sex with two patients. His medical license was suspended and he is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to NBC San Diego.

Dr. Michael Loebenberg of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is another recent example of this corrupt practice. Last fall, the gastroenterologist, accused of writing illegal prescriptions in exchange for escort services, was charged in federal court with one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was released on $25,000 bail, according to the latest reports. 

There's no shortage of these stories. Dr. John Verbovsky of Southfield, Michigan, was hit with a civil lawsuit last fall from a former patient who accused the doctor of introducing her to addictive pain medication, creating and fueling her dependence on the drugs, and "exploit[ing] her addiction for his own perverse sexual interests," according to the woman's attorney.

The former osteopath is currently serving time in prison after being convicted in 2015 of multiple fraud and sex charges. According to The Detroit News, the earliest he can be released is 2020.

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