A former district court judge in Arkansas has been arrested in Little Rock on criminal charges related to his alleged solicitation of sex from a defendant’s girlfriend.
63-year-old Thomas David Carruth, of Clarendon, is accused of pressuring a woman for sex in exchange for agreeing to take action on her boyfriend’s criminal case before his court.
If convicted, Carruth could face up to 20 years in prison.
Carruth was formerly the Clarendon city attorney.
His house was raided in June of 2022.
At that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas said the raid was part of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation.
“I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do,” Carruth said after the raid before claiming to local media he was being blackmailed by a woman over a case involving the woman’s boyfriend.
“When someone tried getting me to do something, I contacted authorities.”
According to court documents, Carruth was an elected judge of the Monroe County district court.
In April 2022, Carruth allegedly solicited sex from the girlfriend of a defendant in exchange for expediting that defendant’s trial date.
Carruth reportedly lied to FBI agents when questioned about the incident.
DOJ issued a statement that said:
“Carruth is charged by indictment with three counts of honest services wire fraud, three counts of using a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of unlawful activity, one count of bribery, one count of making false statements, and one count of obstruction of justice.
If convicted, Carruth faces up to 20 years in prison on the top counts.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jonathan D. Ross for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the FBI Little Rock Field Office made the announcement.
“The FBI Little Rock Field Office is investigating the case with the assistance of the Arkansas State Police,” DOJ said.
“Trial Attorney Lauren Britsch Slater of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney J. William Crow for the Eastern District of Arkansas are prosecuting the case.”