Man, 75, Arrested for Drugs, Prostitution Ring at Senior Citizens Home, Gets Plea Deal

| by Michael Allen

James Parham, 75, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly using drugs and running a prostitution ring from a senior citizen housing complex in Englewood, N.J.

According to police, Parham (pictured) confessed to providing prostitutes to some younger neighbors from the Tibbs Senior Citizen Building, which is owned by the Englewood Housing Authority.

However, he avoided jail by pleading guilty on Oct. 17 to possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a nuisance for purposes of engaging in unlawful conduct, noted the Associated Press.

Parham is banned from any home owned by the Englewood Housing Authority and ordered to pay $1,500 in fines.

“All in all, I think it was a fair plea,” Englewood Detective Capt. Tim Torell told “Hopefully he’s getting the help he needs.”

According to Capt. Torell, Parham was accepted into an assisted living facility in upstate New York.

Parham, Cheryl Chaney (a 66-year-old neighbor) and Selma McDuffie (a school crossing guard) were arrested back in May.

Residents were reportedly afraid to come out of their apartments, which prompted an undercover investigation and 24-hour police patrols.

Chaney pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia as did McDuffie, who is allowed to apply for a drug intervention program to get the crime off her record.

Sources: and Associated Press