Terry L. Fleming of Little Rock, who founded PerfectVision Manufacturing of Little Rock, recently resigned from the telecommunications equipment maker after being accused in four civil lawsuits of human trafficking and exploiting younger women sexually.
According to a Jan. 18 news release from PerfectVision, one of Arkansas' largest private companies, Fleming no longer has any involvement in the company.
Founded as Perfect 10 Antenna Co., the company said it only recently became aware of the women's accusations.
Fleming is accused of using a scheme of "preying upon young, indigent women with little or no financial safety net," one of the lawsuits says.
That suit was filed by attorney Gene A. Ludwig of the Ludwig Law Firm of Little Rock, who is representing three of the women making claims against Fleming. All of the cases have been filed since Dec. 24.
Ludwig declined to comment for this article, but his court filings say Fleming “induced and induces his victims with deception, fraud, coercion, drugs, alcohol, and many other tactics.”
PerfectVision said in the release that “None of the accusations being made are alleged to have occurred in the workplace, or to be associated with the operations of PerfectVision.” PerfectVision is named as a defendant in two of the lawsuits against Fleming, one of which claims the company provided “a significant portion of the cash used in violation of [the Human Trafficking Act of 2013] and other statutes.” The women's filings also accuse Fleming of date rape, though he faced no felony criminal charges as of last week, according to a records search. As of Thursday morning, Fleming had not filed answers in three of the suits. But in one case, Fleming actually sued one of the women first, casting himself as the injured party.
Fleming said in a filing that he is a victim of Kaylee Cathcart of Pulaski County. Fleming's lawsuit, filed by attorney J. Blake Hendrix, accuses Cathcart of exploiting him.
Hendrix, who typically handles criminal defense work and practices at Fuqua Campbell of Little Rock, declined to comment on Fleming's case or the allegations.
With an estimated revenue of $600 million in 2019, PerfectVison was No. 22 on Arkansas Business’ most recent list of largest private companies as ranked by revenue. Fleming was listed as the president of the company with an estimated 425 employees.
Arkansas Business will have more on these allegations in its print edition on Monday.