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County clerk arrested

Lonoke County Clerk Larry Clarke was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of cyberbullying. According to information from the sheriff’s office, Clarke reported to the sheriff’s office on learning of the complaint.

The warrant was issued by Sherwood District Court Judge Milas H. “Butch” Hale III. Hale was assigned as special judge by the Administrative Office of the Arkansas Supreme Court after Ward District Judge Joe O’Bryan recused from hearing the case.

Court officials can recuse, or ask to be removed from a case, when they may have a conflict of interest, such as personal, professional or financial ties to parties in the case, which could be seen to influence their decisions.

The warrant was issued on an affidavit sworn by Christina James of Cabot, and included a No-Contact Order. The Order includes, “No Texting, No Facebook, No Email, No Twitter, or any other type of social media contact.”

Lt. James Kulesa, sheriff’s office Public Informaton Officer, said a June 10 court date has been set.

A query to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office on the possible affects of the charge on Clarke’s duties, under Article 7, Section 27 of the state Constitution, was not answered before press time.

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