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Petrino’s trooper did wrong

Petrino’s trooper did wrong

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:00 pm

By JEANNIE NUSS
Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The state police captain who provided security for former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino may have broken the law when he accepted tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from the football program, according to the Arkansas Ethics Commission.
The panel said there was probable cause that Capt. Jeffrey Lance King violated the law by receiving gifts intended to reward him for doing his job, according to a settlement offer that King signed last week.
King has not been charged with any wrongdoing and prosecutor John Threet said he wasn’t aware of any criminal allegation against the officer.
Instead, the Ethics Commission proposed a public letter of caution. That letter hasn’t been released yet.
King didn’t respond to phone and email messages seeking comment. State police spokesman Bill Sadler said he doesn’t know whether King has an attorney, but said King doesn’t have plans to comment.
“Until that final official letter is received by the department… it would be premature for us to say anything,” Sadler said.
The commission voted on June 15 and found probable cause that King violated a law that deals with public servants and gifts, according to the settlement offer that was first reported this week by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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