75 Year Old James Parham Pleads Guilty In Drug, Prostitution Sweep in Senior Citizen Housing Complex in Englewood, NJ



Hmm, didn’t we see this in a Soprano’s episode? 75 year old James Parham has please guilty to possession of drugs and providing prostitutes to some of his younger neighbors in the building.In April, 2013,  James Parham and Cheryl Chaney, 66, were arrested on suspicion of running a prostitution ring out of the Tibbs building and possessing cocaine. Parham was evicted from his apartment at the Tibbs building, who was already in the process of being evicted in a matter unrelated to his recent arrest, said Housing Authority Attorney Terrence Corriston. Who says you have to retire at age 65? Good grief.


James Parham, 75, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a nuisance for purposes of engaging in unlawful conduct. Parham allegedly admitted providing prostitutes — mostly young women with crack cocaine habits — to some of his younger neighbors in the building, police said. As part of the Oct. 17 plea, Parham can never return to the senior building at 111 West St. He also is barred from living in any building owned by the Englewood Housing Authority and must pay more than $1,500 in fines.

The sting operation that ensnared Parham, his 66-year-old neighbor and a school crossing guard made national headlines and became joke fodder for late-night comedians. Englewood police have maintained 24-hour patrols in the lower-income senior building since late April that residents say have kept out vagrants and other unwelcome guests. The two women who also were arrested in the sweep pleaded guilty to similar charges in August.

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