Rappahannock Circuit Court judge arrested for alleged assault

Judge Jeffrey W. Parker was arrested Wednesday. Stafford County Sheriff

Chief Rappahannock County Circuit Court judge Jeffrey W. Parker was arrested September 6 and charged with assault and battery.

The Fauquier Times reported that Parker told the arresting Stafford County sheriff’s deputy that he had found some jewelry in the parking lot of a Walmart in Stafford. Parker turned the jewelry into the Walmart service desk and asked the clerk for written documentation of the merchandise as proof of his return, so that he could claim it later if the owner was not found.

When the clerk refused to provide a receipt, Parker allegedly reached across the counter and grabbed her hand. According to the newspaper, the clerk stated later that Parker had grabbed her hand “hard enough to hurt.”

Parker was taken to the magistrate, charged with assault and battery, and released on an unsecured bond.

Parker, 65, has served on the circuit courts of Rappahannock, Fauquier and Loudoun counties since 2001.

During that time he has presided over several high-profile cases, including David Konick vs. the Town of Washington in connection with the “Town Square Beautification” project. The suit asked the court to invalidate several actions taken by the town council in 2013 as part of a “Town Square Beautification” partnership with the Inn at Little Washington and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Parker also presided over the Inn’s counter-suit against Konick.

Known as a tough judge, Parker has also shown compassion toward criminal defendants whom he felt deserved a second chance.  

Complete coverage of Parker’s arrest in the September 14 Rappahannock News.

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Writer, consultant, actor, director, recovering stand-up comic, Patty covers the county’s courts and other topics of interest for Rappahannock News. She lives with her grape-growing husband Bill Freitag in Flint Hill.


  1. He did the right by trying to turn it in, correct. That is where the ‘honorable’ stopped. He should had asked for a manager instead of reaching across the counter and touching an employee who could obviously not help him. As far as being castigated? He is a Chief Judge, above all else he should know better than anyone but he obviously does not. Now he is in trouble and he deserves nothing less than the average person who assaults someone else receives in a court of law. This would be in the news no matter who did it.

  2. He’s a judge, he should have just turned in the jewelry as a good deed, and left it at that. He didn’t need the jewelry I’m sure. Or he could have just put it in his pocket and kept walking in the first place, but he didn’t, and so he instigated a confrontation with the clerk. You three persons above think he was trying to do the honorable thing, …then he should have just turned it in and left, why bother someone for a receipt? If he really needed a receipt then turn it in to the sheriff’s office and get an official receipt. His fault for for trying to use Wal-Mart as a witness in the first place. He’s a judge, he should know proper procedure for turning in lost merchandise.

  3. Can’t touch a millennial, look at them sideways, speak to them in the wrong tone of voice…they have the power to destroy your life. Be afraid, be very afraid.

  4. this is sad. Judge Parker was obviously trying to do the right and honorable thing and now being castigated in the press

    • I agree with you, Bill, about Parker’s trying to do the right thing and plan to add that context into my updated story. Thanks.

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